April 27, 2014

Richmond Earns A-10 No. 2 Seed by Topping Bonnies

from Press Release

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. -- Richmond women's lacrosse finished in a three-way tie for second place in the Atlantic 10 Conference on the final day of the regular season with a 19-8 road win at St. Bonaventure Sunday. The victory puts Richmond's regular-season record at 10-6, with a 5-2 mark in the league. St. Bonaventure ends the season at 0-14, 0-7 in the A-10.

Junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) and sophomoresBrooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) and Charlett Stevenson(Darien, Conn.) all scored four goals each to lead the charge. Four goals was a new career high for Wilson, but tied career highs for Stevenson and Doyle.

"This is our longest travel weekend of the year, so I am glad we capped it off with a win," said Spiders head coachAllison Evans.

"We had some nice contributions from our underclassmen today and it was great to see them come into the game and keep the intensity up."

Stevenson scored just 45 seconds into the game on an assist from Doyle, her 30th of the season. Doyle then found the back of the net 40 seconds later and the lead was 2-0 less than two minutes into the game.

After the Bonnies scored on a free position shot, freshman Emily Castle (Annapolis, Md.) scored twice before Wilson got into the act. The Spiders scored five straight goals in a four-minute stretch and led 12-4 at the half, with 14 shots and winning 11 of the 16 first-half draws in the game.

The second half was more of the same, with Stevenson scoring the first goal of the second half on a free position shot less than two minutes into the period. The teams traded three-goal runs and the Spiders scored three more times in the game's final two minutes, including the first goals of the season from sophomore Catherine McTiernan(Garden City, N.Y.) and freshman Melissa Teel (Milton, Ga.).

Junior goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) did not record a save in her 30 minutes played for the win (9-6). Sophomore Michaela Aymong (Northport, N.Y.) made four saves playing the second half.

Doyle finished with two assists, giving her 31 for the season, tying her career-high total from the 2012 season. She needs just five more to tie the all-time single-season school record, set by Mandy Friend in 2008. Her 70 career assists are fifth-most for a career by a Spider, four behind fourth place and Polly Purcell (2002-04).

Senior defender Taylor Blazer (Berlin, Md.) won four draws to get her career total to 152, just seven back of Caroline McGuire (2003-06) for the school record for draws.

The Spiders earned the two-seed in the upcoming A-10 Championships, held at Robins Stadium and hosted by Richmond. The Spiders broke the three-way tie with La Salle and Duquesne by goal differential in the games between the three teams, with a +7 margin. La Salle is the three seed by virtue of beating Duquesne head-to-head, so the Spiders will take on the Explorers in the first semifinal on Friday at 1 p.m. Massachusetts and Duquesne will play in the 3:30 p.m. semifinal on Friday, with the winners advancing to the 1 p.m. Sunday Championship.

Tickets are six dollars for a single day, $10 for a tournament pass. Children 16 and under get in for four dollars and a groups can buy three-dollar passes in advance by contacting the Spiders Ticket Office or the Atlantic 10. Students from Atlantic 10 member schools get in free with their school ID. All three games will be streamed on the Atlantic 10 Network, which is available at Atlantic10.com.

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