PORTLAND, Maine – Top-seeded Saint Joseph's College (16-2, 9-0 GNAC) routed #8 Norwich University (6-10, 3-6 GNAC), 18-6, in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women's Lacrosse Tournament Quarterfinal at Deering Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.
Saint Joseph's opened the game with three goals in the first seven minutes – including a pair from junior Kelsey Dumond (Lewiston, Maine) – and forced running time when senior Elizabeth Elcock (Westwood, Mass.) netted her second of three first-half goals, making it a 12-2 game with 5:20 before the break. With the game well at hand, the Monks edged the Cadets in the second stanza by a 5-4 margin to account for the 18-6 final.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's – the reigning GNAC Champions – remain on track to defend the conference crown and will face #4 Lasell College in a rematch of the 2015 GNAC Championship in a conference semifinal at 8:00 PM on Thursday at Deering Memorial Stadium. For Norwich, the loss signals the end of the 2016 season.
In other GNAC Quarterfinal action tonight, #4 Lasell handled #5 Simmons College, 15-5, #2 Emmanuel College skated past #7 Mount Ida College, 17-5, and #3 Johnson & Wales topped #6 Rivier. Emmanuel is set to host Johnson & Wales in the semifinal round on Thursday evening.
- Junior Jackie Wilson (Tiverton, R.I.) tallied four goals, two assists, two ground balls, eight draw controls, and four caused turnovers
- Sophomore Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) registered four goals, two assists, three ground balls, four draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers
- Elcock produced four goals and two assists with three ground balls
- Senior Mary Leasure (South Portland, Maine/McAuley) tied a program single-game record with seven assists and collected three ground balls
- Dumond recorded three goals and an assist with two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers
- Senior Kat Gadbois (Scarborough, Maine) netted a hat trick with three ground balls and four draw controls
- Junior Chapel Guarnieri (Pepperell, Mass.) scored three goals with two ground balls and three draw controls
- Kathryn Albretsen (Cotuit, Mass.), Larissa Gokey (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), and Holly Lutz (Hamburg, N.J.) also scored in the losing effort
- Junior defender Kasey Jacobs (Killingworth, Conn.) picked up four ground balls
- SJC senior Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn.) made four stops to pick up the victory
- Norwich freshman Janice Bolton (Stow, Mass.) tallied eight saves and corralled six ground balls in the loss
Saint Joseph's held the advantage in shots (32-11), ground balls (23-17), draw controls (17-9), turnovers (13-19), and caused turnovers (14-5) on the evening. The Monks successfully cleared the ball out of their defensive end on seven of eight tries, while the Cadets went 4-17 on clearing attempts.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.