Spiders Bow Out Of NCAA Tournament With First Round Loss
PRINCETON, N.J. – The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team ended a historic season on Friday afternoon in the NCAA First Round, falling to No. 10 Loyola (Md.), 19-6.
The Spiders wrap up the year with a 17-4 overall record for the best finish in program history.
The Greyhounds opened the game with a 6-0 run before senior Aly Fries put the Spiders on the board with a quick-stick shot off an assist from Sam Geiersbach. Fellow senior Mia Castagnero followed that up with an unassisted goal with 15:20 to play in the half.
Despite another six-goal run by Loyola, the Spiders bounced back once again with a pair of goals from senior Katie Sciandra to cut the Greyhound lead to 12-4 heading into halftime.
Loyola came out of the locker room with momentum, scoring the second half's opening four goals, but freshman Lauren Kingsbury stopped the run with her first goal of the day off a hard shot right in front of the crease to make it 16-5 with 18 minutes to play.
After the Greyhounds made it 17-5 with 11:14 left to play, Sam Geiersbach scored her first goal of the day to once again cut into the lead, but it wasn't enough as Loyola went on to score the final two goals of the game to seal the win.
The senior class of Julie Ball, Marissa Brown, Mia Castagnero, Aly Fries, Danni LeServe, Maria McDonough, Tatiana Monds and Katie Sciandra finish as the winningest class in school history with 56 wins.