Richmond Women's Lacrosse To Face Loyola (Md.) In NCAA First Round
RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team is set for its second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance following the Spiders' 19-18 overtime win over UMass in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
The Spiders, who earned the A-10's automatic bid to the tournament, will trave to Princeton, N.J., for the first round of the 2019 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships to take on No. 11 Loyola (Md.) on Friday at 4 pm.
The winner will advance to face the winner of the first round game between No. 7 seed and host Princeton and the winner of the play-in game between Fairfield and Wagner.
This is the 21st meeting between the Spiders and the Greyhounds and first since 2001 when Loyola took an 18-8 win in Richmond. Loyola holds an 18-2 all-time advantage in the series.
The DI NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship has expanded to 28 teams this season, including two opening-round play-in games. The first and second round matchups will be hosted by the top eight seeds in the tournament – with the top six seeds earning an automatic bye into the second round of the tournament – while the quarterfinals will be held at the higher-seeds' home field.
Richmond won its second-straight Atlantic 10 title and fifth overall with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over top-seeded UMass at George Mason Stadium last Sunday. Redshirt sophomore Sam Geiersbach scored the game-winning goal with 4:01 left in the first overtime period to earn the A-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Geiersbach's goal followed a stellar team effort by the Spiders, who scored the game's final five goals over the last 6:47 of regulation, including the game-tying goal scored by junior Madison Ostrick with just four seconds remaining.
Seniors Julie Ball, Marissa Brown, Mia Castagnero and Katie Sciandra, as well as junior goalkeeper Megan Gianforte, joined Geiersbach on the All-Tournament Team.
This will be the Spiders' fifth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and second in as many years after Richmond fell in the first round last season to then-No. 9 Northwestern, 24-18.