PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The sixth-seeded Richmond Spiders overcame an early deficit to defeat No. George Mason, 12-10, in Friday's first semifinal contest at Duquesne's Rooney Field.
With the win, the Spiders advance to the finals of the Atlantic 10 Championship and will face the winner of No. 1 Massachusetts/No. 4 Saint Joseph's, on Sunday at noon.
The Patriots came out of the gate hot, scoring four unassisted goals to start the game. Chaci Kelehan and Hannah Warpinski each netted a goal in the opening four minutes, followed by Brooke Lorber and Jacky Spalding in the middle of the first frame.
The Spiders would get on the board for the first time with eight minute remaining as Brooke Wilson found the back of the net, then assisted on Kim Egizi's goal minutes later, trailing 4-2.
Each team would score twice more before half, trading goals, including a laser from Wilson with four seconds left in the period. The Patriots took the 6-4 advantage into the break, with the Spiders edging out Mason, 13-10 in shots.
A trio of Spiders would get on the board in the opening minutes of the second half, as Hope D'Orsi, Emily Newman and Natalia Chaney each found the back of the net to give Richmond its first lead of the game, 7-6.
Mason's Spalding answered back just over a minute and a half later to knot the game at 7, before Alexa McGovern swung the lead back in the Patriots' favor.
UR's Mia Castagnero would score her first of the game in the 18th minute on a free position shot to again even the score. McGovern and Jordan Sdanowich added goals for the Patriots to regain the lead, 10-8 with just over 14 minutes left in the game.
Richmond took advantage of a few crucial draw controls to fight their way back into the game, getting a hat trick goal from Wilson, and then Chaney, to knot the game at 10. Egizi's free position shot put the Spiders ahead for good, before Chaney added an insurance goal with six minutes remaining. Richmond would hold the two-score lead for the remainder of the game.
In the second period, UR outshot the Patriots 17-5, and held the advantage in draw controls 10-3, allowing them to fight their way back into the game.
Mason freshman goalie Elizabeth Benedetto made 11 saves, while Michaela Aymong made a pair of saves.
After earning a spot in the championship in the final day of the season, the Spiders find themselves in their third consecutive tournament finals.