PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The Norwich University men’s ice hockey team tied a season-high with seven goals during a 7-3 victory over Johnson & Wales in New England Hockey Conference action.

Junior Coby Downs had two goals and an assist, while senior forward Jordan Hall had two goals to lead the Cadets’ offense. Freshman goalie Andrew Albano made his first collegiate start and picked up the victory after making 14 saves.

Norwich (12-2-1, 8-1 NEHC) scored twice in the first period and added four goals in the second period. Hall opened the scoring at 4:23 of the first period with a goal off an assist from Gabriel Chicoine. Brett Ouderkirk scored his fourth goal in the last five games with a power-play tally off assists from Connor Swystun and Taeron Lewis.

Freshman Philip Elgstam recorded his first collegiate goal on the power play off assists from Braedyn Aubin and Downs. Hall scored again off an assist from Lewis at 9:03 of the second period to make it 4-0. Johnson & Wales got on the board at 12:47 of the second period to close the gap to 4-1. Down capped the second-period scoring with two goals in a three-minute span for a 6-1 lead.

Sophomore forward Noah Williams scored his third goal of the season at 1:02 of the third period to cap Norwich’s scoring. Johnson & Wales added two late third-period goals.

Norwich will host Middlebury at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Panthers beat Norwich, 3-2, earlier this season in the PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut opening round.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

Elmira 3, Norwich 1

PINE VALLEY, N.Y. — The Soaring Eagles scored three unanswered goals to rally past the Cadets in non-conference action.

Norwich (10-3-1, 7-0 NEHC) scored first, but Elmira clamped down defensively for the rest of the game. Sophomore goalie Alexa Berg made 27 saves for the Cadets, while Elizabeth Hanson stopped 25 shots for Elmira.

Norwich senior forward Sophie McGovern tallied her seventh goal of the season off assists from Carley Sedlar and Amanda Conway at 11:23 of the first period. Elmira’s Eliza Beaudin leveled the score at 16:28. Ariella Haas and Emma Crocker scored third-period goals to seal the final outcome.

Norwich has still has yet to win at the Murray Athletic Center, falling to 0-6-2 after making eight trips to Elmira. Elmira beat Norwich, 4-2, to open the 2018-19 season in a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship game. Norwich will travel to play Amherst on Tuesday for another non-conference matchup.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Anna Maria 86, Norwich 67

PAXTON, MASS — The AMCATS stepped up at both ends of the court to spoil the Cadets’ Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener.

Norwich (2-11) and Anna Maria (4-10) opened the first half by trading baskets. The Cadets built a five-point following five consecutive points from junior forward Kyle Booth. The AMCATS responded to pull even with 11:19 left in the first half. Anna Maria used an 8-0 run late in the opening half to establish a 38-30 lead entering the break.

The AMCATS extended their lead to as many as 18 points in the second half. Norwich continued to battle, closing the gap to 67-58 on a 3-pointer by Benjamin Mitchell with 7:21 remaining. The AMCATS quickly bounced back to enjoy a comfortable lead at the end.

The Cadets welcomed back sophomore guard Samuel-Noah Osarenkhoe, who led the reserves with six points in his return from a lengthy absence. Booth and sophomore forward Donovan Lewis Jr. both tallied 18 points. Booth added four assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Spencer Conatser grabbed a team-high six boards and scored six points.

Norwich will travel to play NVU-Johnson at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Saint Joseph’s 62, Norwich 35

STANDISH, Maine – A dominant second-half performance lifted Saint Joseph’s to a come-from-behind victory over the Cadets in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Norwich University women’s basketball team held a four-point halftime lead against Saint Joseph’s College but was unable to close out the game in a 62-35 loss, in what was the 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s basketball opener for both programs at the Harold Alfond Center on Saturday afternoon.

Norwich (3-9, 0-1 GNAC) battled back and forth with Saint Joseph’s (8-6, 1-0 GNAC) through the majority of the first quarter. Both teams exchanged the lead five times before the Cadets strung together five straight points to close out the quarter with a 14-8 lead. Norwich junior guard Riley Bennett was perfect early in the game, scoring seven quick points.

Senior forward KristieAnn DeSilvio made three foul shots in the second quarter to help her team carry a 22-18 lead into the breka.

Norwich increased the lead to 24-19 early in the third quarter. However, the Cadets were unable to solve the Monks’ full-court press and quickly saw their lead evaporate. Saint Joseph’s mounted a 29-3 run spanning eight minutes to establish a 48-27 cushion. The Cadets wound up shooting 24 percent from the floor and never pulled close at the end.

Bennett led the Cadets with 15 points while adding four rebounds. Junior guard Julia Vigorito tallied eight points and five rebounds for NU. Junior forward Kailynne Frederick hauled in a game-high 11 boards during the loss. Norwich will host Lasell at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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