Massachusetts Knocks off Second Seeded Richmond to Advance to Championship Game Final

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

RICHMOND, Va. – Massachusetts junior Sarah Hawkshaw scored her first collegiate hat trick, leading the Minutewomen  to a 3-1 win over second seeded Richmond in the second semifinal match of the 2016 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at VCU’s Cary Street Field.  

Massachusetts (12-7) advances to the A-10 championship final to face top-seeded Saint Joseph’s, who defeated fourth seeded Saint Francis in the first semifinal match 2-1. The Minutewomen are looking to defend their championship title at 2:00 pm tomorrow.

Massachusetts scored first as Hawkshaw lifted one over her shoulder from the right side straight into the back of the goal. She added a second goal early after half as she dribbled through traffic to cross the goal line. The midfielder then added her third goal of the game with just over ten minutes left to play to seal the win for the Minutewomen.

Richmond responded late in the second half to add one as senior Emma Johannsson tipped in a pass from junior Katrina Balatgek. The Spiders end their season with an overall record of 8-11.

Saturday’s finale will be a rematch of an earlier season game between Saint Joseph’s and Massachusetts where the Hawks took the win in overtime beating the Minutewomen 3-2 on an end of game penalty corner.

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