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Norwich University freshman Brynn Mendes controls the ball during a women’s lacrosse game in Northfield.

Freshman Brynn Mendes, of the Norwich University women’s lacrosse team, earned Third Team All-Conference honors for her outstanding play.

Mendes started all 17 of Norwich’s games this year, filling the stat sheet in almost every contest. She finished her freshman season with 24 goals and 11 assists for 35 points.

She recorded 39 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers and won 65 draw controls. In her first career game, she recorded a hat trick to go along with one assist.

She recorded a season-high five points in a single game twice this year, first at St. Joseph’s (Maine) with two goals and three assists, then with four goals and one assist against NVU-Lyndon. In that NVU-Lyndon game, she broke the program’s single-game draw controls record with 15 after tying the record earlier in the year with 10. Her 65 draw controls on the season is the third highest single-season mark in program history. With 65 draw controls for her career, she is already seventh all-time in career totals.

Norwich posted a 7-10 overall record and a 4-7 mark within the GNAC before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to eventual conference champion Johnson & Wales.

SOFTBALL

Rinaldo honored again

WINTHROP, Mass. — Senior Naomi Rinaldo, of the Norwich University softball team, capped her incredible career with her third straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Third Team selection.

Rinaldo ends her career with the Maroon and Gold as one of the most decorated players in program history, ranking in the top 10 all-time in career runs (92), hits (143), doubles (31), RBIs (92) and slugging percentage (.583).

Rinaldo is the first three-time GNAC All-Conference honoree since Kelly Travers achieved the feat in 2012, 2013 and 2014. As a senior, Rinaldo tied for the GNAC lead in hits in conference games with 27. She led the team with a .478 batting average, .532 on-base percentage, .710 slugging percentage and four home runs on the season. She reached base in every game she played in except one, tallying at least one hit in all but three games.

Rinaldo was one of the toughest batters to strike out in the league, going down just twice in 69 at-bats.

Rinaldo helped lead Norwich to a 14-15 overall record in 2019 and an 8-8 mark in GNAC North division play. The Cadets qualified for the GNAC playoffs for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, bowing out with a 9-4 first-round loss to St. Joseph’s.

Norwich has now had 13 GNAC All-Conference selections over the last six seasons. Sophomore Brittany Vandergroef was selected to the GNAC Sportsmanship team.

BASEBALL

Lynch stands out for NU

WINTHROP, Mass. — Senior center fielder Kevin Lynch earned Great Northeast Athletic Conference Second Team accolades.

Lynch led the Cadets in nearly every offensive statistic this season, posting the most hits (36), runs scored (25), doubles (five), triples (four), RBIs (16) stolen bases (25) and walks (18). He finished with a batting average of .383. He was never caught stealing and posted a .482 on-base percentage with a .521 slugging percentage. His 25 runs scored accounted for 23% of the Cadets’ offense.

Kevin collected his 100th career hit on March 12 against Geneva and concludes his career with 128 hits, 16 doubles and five triples. He appeared in all 31 games for the Cadets and recorded a .959 fielding percentage with three outfield assists, earning All-Defensive team honors as well. This marks the third All-Conference honor for Lynch, who earned third team accolades in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Senior infielder Mike Lesco capped a stellar career in Maroon and Gold with his third consecutive selection to the All-Sportsmanship team.

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