Women's Lacrosse: Norwich Rallies in Second Half to Down Mt. Ida 10-8
(Photo courtesy Adam Hatt, Norwich University)
NORTHFIELD, Vt.—Norwich University women's lacrosse goaltender Cheyenne Mata-Notel (East Hampton, N.Y.) recorded 11 saves in net to lead aid the Cadets to a 10-8 win against the Mustangs of Mount Ida College on Wednesday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action.
With the win, the Cadets improve to 3-5 overall and 2-6 in GNAC play, while the loss drops the Mustangs to 4-8 overall and 2-5 in league play.
The Mustangs outshot the Cadets 24-15 on the afternoon, with a 19-12 shots-on-goal advantage, but Mata-Notel's 11 saves made the difference. Offensively, the Cadets saw three goals each by Gina Conroy (Amherst, N.H.) and Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine.). Larissa Gokey (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) and Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) both scored twice. Chandler Camlin (Stamford, Conn.) and Conroy issued assists on the afternoon.
Amanda Bowen led the Mustangs with a game-high four goals and an assist. Alexandria Milot scored once and dished out two assists. Kaitlyn Affhauser netted two goals for the Mustangs, while Molly Sheppard recorded a goal and an assist.
Norwich scored the first three goals of the game as Royce, Fitzpatrick and Conroy scored unassisted goals in the first 6:22 of the game. Following an unassisted Mount Ida goal by Bowen, the Cadets took a 4-1 lead on a free-position shot by Conroy with 17:07 left to play in the half.
Mount Ida responded with a three-goal streak to even the score at 4-4. Affhauser kicked off the streak at the 16:27 mark and was followed by goals by Bowen and Milot at 15:09 and 11:50. Norwich reclaimed the lead and Conroy's second goal of the game with 10:44 left to play.
Scoring went silent for the next nine minutes until the Mustangs claimed the lead after Brianna Barker won the draw control and sprinted the half-length of the field to the goal. She then fired a quick pass to Affhauser, who buried the shot from the left side with 1:01 on the clock. Mount Ida ran a similar play seconds later, and Bowen gave the Mustangs the two-goal advantage with 17 seconds remaining in the half.
Norwich made quick work of the deficit in the second half as Royce scored 41 seconds in to bring the Cadets within one and Gokey scored the equalizer 4:23 later. The Cadets tacked on three more goals to take the 10-7 lead before Mount Ida's Bowen netted her fourth goal of the game with 54 seconds left on the clock.
With her 11 saves, Mata- Notel earned her third win of the season in net. Mount Ida goaltender Kayla Musty recorded two saves for the Mustangs.
Mount Ida posted a 27-19 advantage in ground balls. Alison Koning and Milot both finished with a team-high five. Fitzpatrick led the Cadets with seven ground balls.
The Cadets return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to take on Rivier University in a 1:00 p.m. GNAC matchup.