March 27, 2009

Richmond Beats Bonnies for First Win

from press release

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Freshman Caitlin Fifield scored a team-high four goals as Richmond edged St. Bonaventure, 17-15 Friday afternoon at First Market Stadium. Senior Allison Furstenburg dished a game-high three assists.

"We are thrilled to get this first conference win," said assistant coach Allison Nuzzi. "Being at home with the overwhelming support of our student-athletes helped keep our energy up. We still have some things to work on, but we showed great discipline today with our balanced scoring."

Richmond struck first with a Furstenburg goal barely a minute into the game. The Bonnies responded with two goals to take the 2-1 advantage. Fifield scored the equalizer at the 24:41 mark. St. Bonaventure pulled ahead with three unanswered goals to move the advantage to 5-2. Richmond quickly responded with an unassisted goal from senior Mandy Friend and an unassisted goal from sophomore Anne Ryan to cut the deficit to 5-4.

The Bonnies scored another two goals to go up 7-4 before Richmond made its run to close the half. Sophomore Jules Nicola scored unassisted at the 6:37 mark, followed by a Mary Flowers goal one minute later. Fifield knotted the score at 7-all off an assist from Furstenburg.

The Bonnies scored twenty seconds into the second half to take the 8-7 lead. Fifield scored the equalizer from a Friend assist two minutes later. The Bonnies then scored two unaswered goals, but Richmond came back with a goal from Furstenburg and a goal from freshman Sam Tajirian off another Furstenburg assist to move the score to 10-10 with 20 minutes remaining in the game.

A Danielle Drabin goal put the Bonnies back on top, but Richmond again had an answer with a goal from freshman Mary Flowers and a goal from sophomore Danielle Schaevitz. The Bonnies scored again to tie the score at 12-12, but Friend scored one minute later to give the Spiders the 13-12 advantage. The Bonnies responded with a goal of its own to knot the score at 13-all.

Richmond then broke the game open with three consecutive goals to push the lead to 16-13. The Bonnies would score twice more, but a goal from sophomore Anne Ryan with two minutes remaining put the game out of reach.

"Nuzzi really prepared for this game," said interim head coach Peter Albright. "I'm happy for her and the girls. They were great when they needed to be."

Richmond continues its homestand with Duquesne Sunday. Game time is set for noon.

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