PORTLAND, Maine—No. 2 St. Joseph's College (ME) scored five unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes of the second half to down the No. 3 Norwich University women's lacrosse team 7-5 in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Semifinals on Thursday evening.
With the loss, the Cadets wrap up the season with an 8-5 record, while the win boosts the Monks to 12-7 and advances the team to Saturday's GNAC championship game.
The Monks saw three goals each from Cassie Diplock and Lizzie Calnan, while Kat Gadbois added a goal and two assists.
With 15:14 left to play in the second half, Diplock netted her second goal of the day to spark a five-goal run for the Monks. 3:01 later, Gadbois netted her lone goal of the game, and with 8:25 left in the half, Diplock completed the hat trick to tie the score at 5-5 on an extra-player opportunity following a costly Norwich yellow card.
Calnan took control from there, as she netted the go-ahead goal with 5:41 on the clock and added an insurance goal 3:10 later to seal the 7-5 win.
Norwich led for nearly 29 minutes over the course of the game, as the Cadets took an early 2-0 lead in the first half on back-to-back goals by Lamarre and maintained that lead until the 18:52 mark, when Diplock's first goal of the game evened the score at 2-2.
After a scoreless remainder to the first half, Norwich's Fitzpatrick needed just nine seconds in the second frame to put the Cadets up 3-2. She added a second tally 33 seconds later, and Lamarre added her third score nearly eight minutes later to give the Cadets a three-goal lead. The Cadets would maintain the lead until Diplock's 5-5 equalizer at the 8:25 mark.
Norwich goaltender Irene Okubo (Chicago, Ill.) recorded 11 saves in the loss, while Elizabeth Giacchino recorded eight saves en route to the win for St. Joseph's. The Monks held a 30-18 shots advantage in the game.
Fitzpatrick recorded game-highs in ground balls (eight) and draw controls (six). She had a team-best four caused turnovers, trailing St. Joseph's Rachelle Messuri, who recorded five caused turnovers.
The Monks will advance to the GNAC Championship game on Saturday and will face top-seeded Emmanuel at 1:00 p.m. Saturday's game marks the first championship appearance for both St. Joseph's and Emmanuel.