WASHINGTON -- The University of Massachusetts claimed its seventh consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship with an 8-4 victory over Richmond Sunday afternoon at the GW Lacrosse Field.
With the win, UMass improves to 18-1 overall and earns the A-10's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. UMass will take on Atlantic Sun Champion Jacksonville in the First Round of the NCAA Championship on Friday. The game will take place at the Universtiy of Maryland at a time to be determined. The winner of Friday's game gets the top-seeded Terps on Sunday. Richmond finishes its season at 10-9.
UMass was led by the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player Amy Tiernan who registered three goals and one assist, while fellow All-Championship Team members Nicole Troost and Hannah Murphy each had a goal in the win as well. Eileen McDonald had a pair of scores for UMass and Katie Ott chipped in with a goal and an assist.
Richmond was paced by Charlett Stevenson who scored a pair of goals, earning All-Championship honors. Emily Newman scored for UR and was named to the All-Championship squad along with teammate Brooke Wilson and Anna Jeszeck.
The game featured a back and forth opening half with the teams exchanging goals early on. With the score tied at 2-2, Ott scored to spark what proved to be a 3-1 UMass run to close the opening stanza and take a 5-3 advantage to the locker room.
Tiernan scored just over two minutes into the second-half to extended the UMass lead to make it 6-3.
Stevenson responded 1:27 later to make it 6-4, but that would be as close as the Spiders would get as McDonald and Tiernan scored to put the game away.
Duquesne’s Lib Lowry and George Mason Taylor Carpentier were also named to the All-Championship team.