Newport News, Va. – Behind a hat trick from Bailey Zerr and a pair of scores from Anna Jeszeck and Emily Doyle, second-seeded Richmond topped third-seeded La Salle 8-4 in the first semifinal of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Women’s Lacrosse Championship at UR’s Robins Stadium.
With the win, Richmond advances to Sunday’s Championship game where it will face the winner of the second semifinal between UMass and Duquesne. The Spiders improved to 11-6, while La Salle closes its season 11-6.
Doyle got the scoring started with her 29th goal of season at the 23:27 of the first-half.
Back-to-back goals by Charlett Stevenson and Brooke Wilson in a span of 1:08, extended the Spiders lead to 3-0 with just under 13 minutes to play in the half.
La Salle got on the board when Maggie O’Ferrall converted a free-position shot with 9:06 on the clock.
With the score 4-1, the Explorers’ Alex Watson struck to cut the Richmond lead in half at 4-2 before Zerr struck with 18 seconds left to send the teams into halftime with the score 5-2.
Doyle scored 10 minutes into the second stanza to put the Spiders up 6-2. Alle Ilgenfritz made it 6-3 for La Salle with 15:33 to go, but that would be as close as the Explorers would get as Zerr scored back-to-back goals to put UR out in front 7-3 with less than 14 minutes to play.
Emily Boyce made 11 saves in the cage for Richmond, while Gabby Antonelli made four stops for La Salle.