March 2, 2011

Flowers Ties Richmond Single-Game Scoring Mark in Victory over American

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. -- Reigning A-10 Midfielder of the Year Mary Flowers tied a school record with a career-best eight goals in the Spiders' 17-14 win over American Wednesday at Robins Stadium.

Flowers tied Robin Kohler's previous eight goal record against JMU Apr. 4, 1990. Flowers rounded out her impressive performance with three assists, eight draw controls and five ground balls.

American went up 2-0 in the game's opening minutes, but Richmond countered with three tallies in a row, two of which came by the hand of Flowers. American scored two in response to go up 4-3, but Richmond seized momentum, scoring the next six in a row to take a commanding 9-4 lead.

But just when it looked like Richmond took control, American scored four to close the half to slash the deficit to 9-8 at the break.

Flowers opened the last frame with a quick score, but American again answered to keep the deficit to one. Flowers kept her scoring onslaught going with two more tallies to put her Spiders ahead at 12-9 with 18 minutes remaining.

The Eagles answered with two consecutive scores to cut the deficit to 12-11 but Sam Stevenson put Richmond back up 13-10 with an unassisted tally. American again answered to cut the lead to 13-12, but Richmond scored two more to give itself insurance at 15-12 with 12 minutes remaining.

American would make the game interesting, scoring two in the final minutes to make the score 15-13 but Richmond closed the game with two more tallies to seal the win.
Julianne Nicola and Danielle Schaevitz followed Flowers with a hat trick apiece. Richmond won the draw, 22-11 and recorded 16 ground balls. Victoria Roebuck had 10 saves in goal.

The Spiders return to action Mar. 9 when they host ODU at 4:00 p.m. at Robins Stadium.

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