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Norwich’s Brynn Mendes, left, controls the ball during a women’s college lacrosse game.

NORTHFIELD — The Norwich women’s lacrosse team was sharp from the opening whistle until the end during a 15-2 victory over Southern Vermont in non-conference action.

The Cadets scored early and often to deny the Mountaineers. Kate Winstanley opened the scoring 47 seconds into the action. The Cadets scored eight more goals in the first half to establish all the momentum.

Brynn Mendes continued to impress in her first season at Norwich, filling the stat sheet with three goals, one assist, six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Mendes also won 10 draw controls, tying 2014 NU graduate Grace Fitzpatrick for the second-highest single-game total in program history.

Emily Schromm tallied two goals and two assists, while Winstanley led all scorers with five goals along with five ground balls. Michaila Furchak notched her first goal in her collegiate debut. Kayleigh O’Rourke, Missy Preul, Jordan Lutz and Ariana Lacombe rounded out the scoring.

Sydnee Julian turned aside 15 saves in front of the cage for the Mountaineers, while NU goalie Lawson Hayes stopped two shots in the victory. Norwich outpaced Southern Vermont in nearly every statistical category. The Cadets enjoyed significant advantages on shots (47-5), ground balls (34-15) and draw controls (13-6). This season, NU is averaging 12 goals per game, converting 39 percent of its shots.

Winstanley has scored 30 goals to pace her team this spring. Pruel (21 goals) and Schromm (20) are close behind in the race for the points lead. Mendes boasts 17 goals and nine assists, while Mary-Kait Mace has nine goals and 12 assists.

The Cadets improve to 5-5 and will return to conference play when they travel to play Lasell at noon Saturday. After that Norwich will play five games during a 15-day stretch, closing out the regular season against Emmanuel, New England College, Albertus Magnus, NVU-Lyndon and Simmons.

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