Nov. 7, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Sarah Blythe-Wood tallied her second game-winning goal in as many days as top-seeded Richmond captured its sixth Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship in the last eight years with a 3-0 win over No. 3 Temple on Saturday afternoon under blue skies at Garber Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.
The Spiders (13-8) will face Mid-American champion Ohio University at 1:00pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the NCAA Play-In Match.
Blythe-Wood's 21st goal of the season came unassisted off a corner at the 23:47 mark of the opening half. The Harare, Zimbabwe, also registered the game-winner in Richmond's 2-1 (OT) semifinal win over Massachusetts on Friday and was named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.
"We tried a new corner and luckily the ball popped up and my instincts said take it to the left and hit it as hard as you can. That's what it did and thankfully it stayed down," said Blythe-Wood, who amassed a team-high three shots on the afternoon.
"It's an exciting end to a most enjoyable four years and it's a testament to the team because they allowed me to perform."
Sophomore Katelyn Peterson pushed the Spiders' advantage to 2-0 at the 28:34 mark of the first half and forward Adrian Pickar closed out the scoring with her fifth goal of the season with 11:46 remaining in the match. UR senior Jacki Raithel notched her seventh shutout of the year after recording a pair of saves.
Vying for its first A-10 crown since 1994 and making its first appearance in the finals since 2003, Temple (9-12) was led by forward Kasey Ruth's three shots, while senior Kristen Wanner and freshman Bridget Settles added two apiece.
Joining Blythe-Wood on the 2009 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team were teammates Catherine Ostoich, Dani Pycroft and Peterson; Temple's Charise Young, Kasey Ruth and Mandi Ruth; Anne Schreuders of Saint Joseph's; and Massachusetts' Makaela Potts, Kim Young and Alesha Widdall.