MERION STATION, Pa.— Second seeded Massachusetts won its 15th Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey title Saturday with a 3-0 win over top-seeded Richmond at Ellen Ryan Field on the Saint Joseph’s University campus.
The Minutewomen (11-8), who have won three of the last four A-10 Championships, earned the league’s berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Field Hockey Selection Show will air on NCAA.com at 10:00 pm Sunday.
UM sophomore Melanie Kreusch, who scored twice Saturday and assisted on the first goal to cement the win, was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player. Kreusch also tallied a hat trick in the semifinals against Saint Joseph’s.
All three UMass goals came on penalty corners. Izzie Delario, who was named to the All-Championship team along with Kreusch, scored the first goal. She took a pass off from Kreusch the top of the circle to the left and fired a wide-angle shot to the back of the cage. That first goal, which came in the 14th minute, proved to be the eventual game-winner.
Kreusch added her first goal in the 24th minute to give the Minutewomen a 2-0 lead headed into halftime. She scored the game’s only second half points in the 50th minute to extend the UMass lead.
Joining Kreusch and Delario on the All-Championship team were Joely Helder from Saint Joseph’s, Davidson’s Emily Leytham and Katherine English, Richmond’s Amy Cooke and Taylor Dietrick, and Massaschusetts' Sarah Hawkshaw, Sam Carlino, Anne Dijkstra and Cliodhra Loughlin.
UMass registered 12 total shots and had six penalty corners. Carlino stopped three Richmond shots, including a pair of spectacular saves late in the game to preserve the shutout. Richmond tallied 12 shots and five corners. The Spider keepers combined for five saves.
The Spiders finish the season at 12-9.