April 19, 2009

Spiders Surge, Net A-10's No. 2 Seed

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. - Senior Allison Furstenburg scored four goals as Richmond (6-11, 5-2) rolled to its fourth straight victory in a 12-5 rout over Saint Joseph's (9-7, 5-2) Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium. With the win, the Spiders clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Richmond took control after the first whistle, scoring four minutes into the game on a freshman Caitlin Fifield goal, assisted from senior Mandy Friend. Furstenburg and Friend scored back-to-back and gave the Spiders a 3-0 lead with 16 minutes remaining in the first half.

"We have a great group of seniors," said assistant coach Allison Nuzzi. "They exude so much leadership and really carry out their on field responsibilities. They held so much poise and control."

Saint Joseph's Helene Tursi scored the Hawks only goal of the half off a Julie Mineweaser assist with three minutes remaining.

Richmond put the game out of the reach early in the second half, by scoring four consecutive goals in the span of three minutes. The Hawks fought back with two goals of their own to cut the gap to 8-3 with 16:45 remaining in the game.

"Saint Joseph's is a great team," said Nuzzi. "It's been a long week with three games in five days, and to come out on top is a good feeling. This win gives us great momentum going into next week's Atlantic 10 Tournament."

Richmond responded to the Saint Joseph's goals with two goals of its own to take a dominating 10-3 lead. Saint Joseph's Jenna Martino then scored an unassisted goal to cut the lead to 10-4. Freshman Sam Tajirian and freshman Caitlin Fifield both scored unassisted goals to bolster the Spider lead to 12-4. The Hawks scored once more.

Following Furstenburg was Fifield with three goals. Richmond won the draw control category by a 12-7 margin.

"We really made a statement today," said Furstenburg. "This is a good win as we move towards the Atlantic 10 Tournament."

Richmond improved to a perfect 9-0 versus Saint Joseph's. The second-seeded Spiders will face No. 3 Saint Joseph's in the semifinal round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament Friday in Philadelphia.

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