BOSTON—Senior midfielder Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) scored six goals and added an assist, but her efforts were not enough for the Norwich University women's lacrosse team to upend the league-leading Saints of Emmanuel College on Tuesday evening's 13-11 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) loss at Roberto Clemente Field.
With the loss, the Cadets falls to 6-4 overall and 6-3 in league play, while the Saints improve to a flawless 10-0 in GNAC action and 11-2 overall.
Norwich matched the Saints goal-for-goal for the majority of the first half and held a two-goal lead at 6-4 following Fitzpatrick's third goal of the frame, but Emmanuel rattled off five straight goals in a five-minute span to take a 9-6 lead with 27 seconds to play in the half. Fitzpatrick's fourth goal of the game, scored with 16 seconds remaining, made it a two-goal game at halftime.
After a combined 16-goal first half, scoring slowed for both teams in the second frame. Emmanuel struck first on a free-position shot by Sarah Higgins 3:15 into the half. Norwich's Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) scored 42 seconds later, but Emmanuel took a four-goal lead on back-to-back goals by Kristen Tuleja and Savannah Lundwall.
Fitzpatrick kept the Cadets in the game by scoring back-to-back goals of her own at 19:16 and 16:42. After nearly seven scoreless minutes, senior Baylie Lamarre (Tyngsboro, Mass.)brought Norwich within one at 12-11.
Emmanuel's Sarah Wooten netted her third goal of the game with 6:56 still to play to give her team the 13-11 advantage. Norwich had two opportunities to score in the final minutes of the game as Lamarre and Fitzpatrick both had looks, but Lamarre's shot was saved by Saints' goaltender Lauren White and Fitzpatrick's free-position shot a minute-and-a-half later hit the post.
Emmanuel saw four goals and two assists from Tuleja and a hat-trick from Wooten. Sarah Higgins added two goals and two assists, while Emily Baker totaled a goal and an assist.
Norwich senior netminder Irene Okubo (Chicago, Ill.) totaled five saves in the loss, while White made an impressive 11 saves in net for the Saints. Norwich narrowly outshot Emmanuel 25-23 on the evening.
The Cadets also held advantages in draw controls (14-12) and ground balls (27-23), while both teams committed an even 22 turnovers. Fitzpatrick paced Norwich in all three categories with seven ground balls, seven draw controls, and eight caused turnovers.
Norwich concludes the regular season on Saturday, April 19 when it travels to Johnson & Wales University for a 1:00 p.m. start.