April 6, 2014

Richmond Wins Third Straight Over La Salle

from Press Release

Senior Taylor Blazer (Berlin, Md.) set a career high by winning 10 draws as Richmond women's lacrosse started 2-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 15-6 home win over La Salle Sunday afternoon at Robins Stadium. The win, Richmond's season-best third in a row, pushes the Spiders record to 7-4, 2-0 in the A-10. La Salle falls to 6-5, 0-2 in conference games.

The Spiders controlled possession by winning 20 of the 24 draws in the game, including the first 12. The Spiders improved to 6-0 this season when scoring 10 or more goals, and the last five Richmond opponents have been held to an average of 5.2 goals per game.

The Spiders got on the board in the opening minute, when sophomore Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) scored the game's opening goal on an Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) assist. Just 38 seconds later, Doyle scored herself and the Spider lead was 2-0 just 1:19 into the game.

The Spiders made it 3-0 on a goal from Charlett Stevenson before the Explorers finally found the net at 24:07. The Spiders scored twice more for a 5-1 lead and La Salle scored two goals before Richmond was able to put three more goals in during a two-minute stretch near the end of the half for an 8-3 halftime lead.

Senior Hayley Ross (Annapolis, Md.) scored three first-half goals as the Spiders outshot the Explorers 20-5 after winning 12 of the 13 draws in the opening frame.

Freshman Emily Castle (Annapolis, Md.) scored just 37 seconds into the second half as Richmond kept between a five and seven-goal lead the rest of the way, until junior Bailey Zerr (Denver, Colo.) scored twice in just over a minute and Wilson capped off Richmond's day by bookending with her second goal to cruise to the victory.

Junior goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) faced only 15 total shots, stopping six from going in to improve her record to mirror the team's 7-4 mark.

Blazer added four ground balls, which was the game-high total.

Outside of Ross' three goals, the game high coming on just three shots, six different Spiders had two goals each. Doyle assisted on four goals in the game, giving her 24 for the season, tied for tenth all-time in a single season at Richmond. Her 63 career assists, pushed her into sixth all-time for career assists as a Spider, five behind the Top Five in program history.

Richmond will host a pair of conference matches next weekend, with George Mason coming to Robins Stadium Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and George Washington visiting on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

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