Women's Lacrosse: Fitzpatrick Powers Cadets to 18-4 Win in Regular Season Finale
PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Senior midfielder Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) had her second seven-point performance in as many games to lead the Norwich University women's lacrosse team to an 18-4 win against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales University on Saturday afternoon in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play.
With today's win, Norwich concludes the regular season with a 7-4 overall record and a 7-3 record in GNAC play. Johnson & Wales finishes the regular season at 8-8 overall and 5-5 against league opponents.
Fitzpatrick scored a game-high six goals and recorded an assist in the win for the Cadets. Earlier in the week, she posted identical offensive numbers in the Cadets' 13-11 loss to Emmanuel, the 2014 regular-season champions.
In addition to Fitzpatrick, the Cadets also received four goals from junior Gina Conroy (Amherst, N.H.). Freshman Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) added three goals and one assist, while junior Hope Royce (Washington, Vt.) and senior Baylie Lamarre (Tyngsboro, Mass.) both scored twice.
Cassie Collins scored twice for the Wildcats. Kayla Smith tallied a goal and an assist, while Megan Brown also scored for hosts.
The Cadets scored seven straight goals over the first 15 minutes of the game. Senior Meghan Grenier (Voluntown, Conn.) netted Norwich's first goal just 57 seconds after the opening whistle, and the Cadets quickly took the dominating 7-0 lead following two goals by Fitzpatrick and single tallies by Guarnieri, Lamarre, Royce, and Conroy.
Smith snapped the Cadets' streak by putting the Wildcats on the board at the 13:10 mark, but Fitzpatrick responded with her third goal of the game 13 seconds later to reclaim the seven-goal advantage. After an eight-minute scoring freeze, Conroy netted her second goal of the game, followed by a Wildcats' goal by Collins 1:36 later. Guarnieri and Lamarre would conclude the first half with back-to-back tallies 19 seconds apart.
The Cadets started the second half in similar fashion, as they rattled off six straight goals over a 20-minute window, starting with back-to-back free-position goals by Royce and Fitzpatrick. Johnson & Wales saw goals by Brown and Collins at 8:06 and 2:18.
Senior goaltender Ireno Okubo (Chicago, Ill.) recorded six saves in 51:54 of action, before giving way to Rebecca Horgan (Topsfield, Mass.), who added two saves. Johnson & Wales' Genevieve Giampietro totaled 10 saves in nearly 58 minutes of action. Norwich outshot the Wildcats 35-21 on the afternoon.
The Cadets held a 14-10 advantage in draw control wins, while the Wildcats had a narrow 17-16 advantage in ground balls.
Norwich has clinched the third seed in the GNAC postseason and will host sixth-seeded Simmons College on Tuesday. Game time will be announced shortly.