Spiders Set To Face Northwestern in NCAA First Round

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RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team has learned its fate following Sunday's Atlantic 10 Championship game overtime win over UMass.

The Spiders will now head to Towson, Maryland for the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships to take on Northwestern, who received an at-large bid out of the Big Ten Conference.

The Spiders and Wildcats will face off on Friday, May 11, at a time to be announced, with the winner advancing to face the winner of the first round game between No. 7 seed and host Towson and the winner of the play-in game between Mercer and Wagner. This is the eighth meeting between the programs and first since 2002 when the Spider took a 13-6 win on the road. Richmond holds a 5-2 advantage all-time in the series.

The DI women's lacrosse championship is a 26-team field, where the top six seeds will receive an automatic bye into the second round of the tournament. The first and second round matchups will be hosted by the top 8 seeds in the tournament, while the quarterfinals will be held at the higher-seeds' home field.

Richmond won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title in dramatic fashion, posting a 12-11 overtime victory over nine-time defending champion Massachusetts at Robins Stadium. A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Kim Egizi scored the game-winning goal just 35 seconds into the overtime period, capping her Most Outstanding Player performance in the tournament, while Megan Gianforte, Marissa Brown, Mia Castagnero and Julie Ball were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

This marks the fourth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Spiders and the first since 2007. Richmond made three-straight appearances from 2005-07, with its last coming against No. 6 North Carolina 11 years ago.

The Spiders' 16 win this season are tied for the most in program history with the 16-4 finish in 2006.

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