NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Thomas College women's lacrosse team fell in a 16-3 loss to Norwich University on Thursday afternoon at Sabine Field.
The Cadets improve to 4-2 overall on the year while the Terriers remain without a victory on the year. Norwich is 3-0 all-time against Thomas, including last year's 9-8 triple-overtime win over the Terriers.
Meaghan McGrath potted five goals and an assist for the second-straight game, pacing a Norwich offense that also saw three goals from Kathryn Albretsen. Albretsen, who also added two assists, was joined offensively with two goals from Chapel Guarnieri.
Lindsey Allen (Jay, Maine) registered a goal and an assist for Thomas, leading her team in point scoring. Sophia LaVallee (Pawling, N.Y.) and Hailey Mullen (South Portland, Maine) each added a goal for the Terriers.
The Cadets opened up a quick 6-0 lead on Thomas through the game's first 24:16. As the Terriers added a tally with 6:44 to go in the first half, the Cadets racked up five of the game's ensuing goals to build an 11-1 lead. Norwich would go on to pot five of the game's next six goals, securing a 16-3 lead with an unassisted strike from McGrath with 7:33 left.
Freshman Sydni Collier (Oakland, Maine) yielded 16 goals on 24 shots for the Terriers, falling to 0-4 on the year. Janice Bolton was impressive for the Cadets in the game's first 23:09, making five saves and improving to 3-1 on the season. Lawson Hayes relieved Bolton late in the first half and made three saves to close out the game for Norwich.
The Cadets rattled off 34 shots in the game, limiting Thomas to only 14 attempts on cage. Norwich also won the ground ball battle, 23-to-18, while picking up 15 of the game's 21 draws. The Cadets defense also forced Thomas into 14 turnovers on clearance attempts.
The Terriers will host their first home game of the season on Monday, April 3 as they face conference opponent Lyndon State in a 4:00 p.m. matchup at Smith Field.