Women's Lacrosse: No. 7 Norwich Upsets No. 2 Emerson 9-8 in Double-Overtime Thriller
BOSTON—Junior Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) scored 13 seconds into double-overtime to lead the seventh-seeded Norwich University women's lacrosse team to a 9-8 upset against the second-seeded Lions of Emerson College on Wednesday evening in the quarterfinal round of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tournament.
With the win, the Cadets improve to 6-7 on the season and advance to the GNAC semifinal on Friday against No. 3 Simmons. The Lions see their season come to a close at 10-7.
Following a 7-7 score at regulation, Fitzpatrick gave the Cadets the 8-7 advantage midway through the six minute first overtime period on a free position shot, but Emerson's Tayllar Righini responded with an unassisted goal 41 seconds later to even the score at 8-8. The score forced a sudden-victory second overtime period, setting up Fitzpatrick for the game-winning goal.
The Cadets and Lions battled evenly for the entire game. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Cadets then gave up two goals for the first tie of the game at 2-2. Norwich's 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game marked the largest lead for either team in a game that saw five lead changes and six tied scores before Fitzpatrick's game-winning goal.
Emerson saw three goals by Righini and a goal and an assist by Guerin Morrissette, Mackenzie Johnson, Kanika Misra, and Tracie Lombardo.
Norwich goaltender Cheyenne Mata-Notel (East Hampton, N.Y.) totaled 10 saves in the win for the Cadets. Emerson goaltender Victoria Kanaris totaled eight saves for the Lions, who trailed the Cadets 23-18 in shots.
Fitzpatrick led Norwich in both draw controls and ground balls with four of each. Righini totaled a game-high six draw controls for Emerson, while Marlee Galper recorded a team-high four ground balls.
No. 7 Norwich advances to take on No. 3 Simmons on Friday afternoon in the GNAC semifinal. Game time has not yet been announced.