RICHMOND, Va. - The second-seeded Richmond Spiders (15-3; 8-1 A-10) exploded for 13 second-half goals to earn a spot in the A-10 Women's Lacrosse Championship final, defeating the third-seeded Saint Joseph's Hawks, 19-12 in Friday's semifinal. The Spiders will face top-seeded Massachusetts in the fifth consecutive A-10 final at Noon on Sunday.
After more than six minutes of scoreless play, Richmond's Marissa Brown converted on a free position opportunity to give the Spiders a 1-0 advantage. Saint Joseph's (12-7; 7-2 A-10) Stephanie Kelly answered less than a minute later to even the score, assisted by Sam McGee. Kim Egizi would find Aly Fries minutes later for her 18th goal of the
The Spiders rattled off four straight goals in the final 10 minutes of the half from Mia Castagnero, Egizi, Brown and Katie Trainer to take a 6-3 lead into the halftime.
UR didn't slow down after the break, netting a flurry of goals in the opening minutes of the second half. Julia Schmuckler received a pass from Trainer for her 23rd goal of the season, before Brown and Trainer each added a score to extend the Spiders' lead, 9-3.
Back-to-back goals from Bridget Cerciello created a spark for the Hawks in the early part of the second half, before Egizi and Katie Sciandra recorded a goal each for the Spiders to put them back up 11-5. Both teams traded goals back and forth, but the Spiders early run kept the Hawks just out of reach.
Brown's nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) tied an A-10 Championship single-game game record (Kelly Ruch; 2000 TU), while Egizi's eight points on the day broke a single-season record (87) at Richmond. Sciandra's second goal of the day was her 60th on the year putting her six
Defensively, Caroline Queally recorded eight draw controls, with A-10 Defensive Player of the Year, Julie Ball adding five more. Megan Gianforte tallied eight saves while allowing 12 goals for the Spiders, while Liz O'Sullivan also stopped eight in net for the Hawks, allowing 19 goals. Bridget Cerciello led the way for the Hawks, tallying three goals and six draw controls. Six Hawks scored in the contest
With the win, the Spiders and Minutewomen will face-off in the A-10 title game for the fifth straight year. The Minutewomen have won nine consecutive A-10 Championship titles.