March 16, 2013

Along Came the Spiders: Richmond Stuns No. 19 Towson

from press release

 RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond scored the game's first four goals and never looked back as it beat No. 19 Towson, 17-10, Saturday.

The Spiders hosted Towson for Friends of Jaclyn Day and Spider honorary captain Katie Schools was recognized prior to the game.

Richmond improved to 3-6 while the 19th-ranked Tigers fell to 1-5. The win marked Richmond's second-straight year having defeated a Top-20 opponent (The Spiders beat No. 13 James Madison last March).

The Spiders were led by Caitlin Fifield's five goals, while Sam Stevenson followed with four scores. Kara Moschettiadded a hat trick. It was the second game this season Fifield scored five goals in a game (She previously tallied five against American Feb. 25).

From the first whistle Richmond was on the attack, rattling off four goals in the game's opening six minutes. Towson tried to mount a comeback, getting to within a 9-5 halftime deficit, but five consecutive scores by the Spiders to open the last frame would put the game out of reach.

Fifield and Stevenson both recorded six points to lead Richmond. Fifield had five goals and one assist, while Stevenson added four goals and a team-high two assists. Hayley Ross also chipped in with two assists.

Richmond's defense was stellar, causing 12 turnovers led by the corps of Taylor Blazer, Tara Coyle and Anna Jeszeck. Blazer picked up a team-high four ground balls to go along with three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Coyle added three ground balls, while Jeszeck had three ground balls and three draw controls.

Richmond pulled down a game-high 15 ground balls and 16 draw controls. Emily Boyce had seven saves in goal.

The Spiders begin their first of four-straight road games at the College of William & Mary Saturday, Mar. 23 at 1 p.m.

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