BOSTON—The Norwich University women's lacrosse team won its second straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference contest by downing the Sharks of Simmons College 12-3 on Tuesday evening in a rematch of last season's GNAC semifinal game, in which the Sharks escaped with a 9-8 overtime win to advance to the championship game.
With the win, the Cadets improve to 2-1 overall and in league play, while the loss drops the Sharks to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in GNAC play.
Freshman Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.), junior Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) and senior Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) all finished with three goals for the Cadets. Senior Baylie Lamarre (Tyngsboro, Mass.) added two goals, while freshman Meaghan Albert (Lanesborough, Mass.) chipped in with one.
Midfielder Ashley Sheehan led the Sharks with a goal and an assist, while Greer Gilbert and Ali Stonehouse also scored for Simmons.
The Cadets held the Sharks scoreless for over 43 minutes, as Simmons scored their final goal with 13:39 to play in the first half. Norwich scored seven unanswered goals in the final 41 minutes of the game, including five in the second half.
Norwich goaltender Irene Obuko (Chicago, Ill.) totaled seven saves to earn her first career win in net. Simmons netminded Crystal Derosier recorded 11 saves. Norwich held a 23-11 shots-on-goal advantage and a 30-19 lead in overall shots.
Fitzpatrick totaled a game-high six ground balls for the Cadets in addition to a team-leading three caused turnovers. Lamarre and Quebec both recorded a team-best two draw controls for Norwich. Allie McDevitt finished with five ground balls for Simmoons, while Alexia Malone Oliver won a game-high three draw controls.
The Cadets return to action on Thursday when they host the defending GNAC champions, Lasell, at 4:00 p.m.