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Norwich guard Samuel-Noah Osarenkhoe, left, battles with Albertus Magnus guard Qualon Wilkes for a loose ball during Saturday’s men’s college basketball game in Northfield.

NORTHFIELD — The Norwich University men’s basketball team suffered an 80-59 loss against Albertus Magnus during Saturday’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference game.

Norwich fell behind early, as the Falcons opened the game on a 12-3 run. Norwich managed to trim the lead to single digits multiple times but couldn’t get over the hump. Albertus Magnus opened up a 36-21 lead by halftime and cruised to the victory.

Caleb Casinas led the way for Norwich with 14 points on a 4-of-5 shooting effort from 3-point territory. He also recorded three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Spencer Conatser and Jesse Davis each dropped in eight points during the defeat. Levi Gosselin added six points and six rebounds from off the bench in his first action for NU. Northfield native Kyle Booth contributed seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and a pair of blocks.

Norwich falls to 6-15 overall and 0-7 within the GNAC. The Cadets will attempt to snap a 10-game losing skid when they travel to play Lasell at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Albertus Magnus 79, Norwich 59

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Cadets fell on the road Saturday as the Falcons prevailed in Great Northeast Athletic Conference play.

The game was tight early and AMC held a 17-16 advantage after the first quarter. The Falcons turned on the offensive pressure in the second quarter to build a 44-28 halftime lead.

Norwich’s Mary Casamassa scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and one block. The Cadets fall to 7-13 overall and 2-6 within the conference with their third loss in a row. Norwich will host Colby-Sawyer at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

MEN’S HOCKEY

Norwich 5,

Johnson & Wales 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Cadets extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games with Saturday’s victory in New England Hockey Conference action.

Freshman Brett Ouderkirk stayed red-hot with two goals for the second straight night, pushing his total to five goals on the week. He has scored 12 times this season.

TJ Dockery, Ryan Boucher and Sam DiBitetto also scored goals for the Cadets. Junior goalie Tom Aubrun made 12 saves in the victory.

Johnson & Wales (4-16-3, 2-12-2 NEHC) struck first, with Connor Bechtel scoring an unassisted goal on a scramble in front of the Norwich net at the 6:06 mark of the first period. Norwich (16-4-3, 11-4-1 NEHC) came storming back to score five unanswered goals, cruising to the win and the season sweep of the Wildcats.

Norwich is tied with Babson for second place in the NEHC standings with two games left in the season. Norwich will face Southern Maine and New England College at home next weekend. Babson will have a home-and-home series with conference-leading UMass-Boston.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Norwich 4, Suffolk 0

EAST BOSTON, Mass. — Junior Brynn Wopperer registered one goal and one assist to lead the Cadets on Saturday.

Norwich cemented its stranglehold on the top of the New England Hockey Conference, improving to 16-4-2 overall and 13-0-1 in the NEHC. The Cadets clinched their second straight NEHC regular season title and eighth in the last nine years with the season sweep of the Rams.

Sophomore Emily Lambert posted a 22-save shutout. Amanda Conway, Sophie McGovern and Alyssa Hulst also scored. Conway tallied her NCAA Division III-leading 24th goal of the season, pushing her career total to 78 goals in 75 games.

After a scoreless first period, McGovern found the back of the net at 9:29 of the middle stanza with an unassisted tally for her 10th goal of the year. Hulst added her sixth goal of the season with 37 seconds left in the second period to give Norwich a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission.

Conway scored at 10:19 of the third period, with Maddie Moell picking up the assist. Wopperer capped the scoring with a power-play goal 15 seconds later off assists from Robyn Foley and Samantha Benoit.

Norwich will close out the regular season with a busy three-game slate, starting with Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at Middlebury. The Cadets will finish up against UMass-Boston and Johnson & Wales.

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