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Richmond Downs Dukes To Advance To A-10 Final
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 04/27/2012
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UNIVERISTY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond downed Duquesne, 17-11, to advance to its third-straight Atlantic 10 final.

Richmond will face top-seeded UMass Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS Sports Network at Robins Stadium for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship. The winner will host a play-in game against the winner of the MAAC conference.

The Spiders improved to 10-6 in A-10 tournament and advanced to its third-straight A-10 final, seventh overall.

The Spiders jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the game's first 10 minutes to take advantage. The Dukes countered with one goal to edge back to a 4-2 deficit, but it was then that Richmond struck.

The Spiders notched seven consecutive goals to take a commanding 11-2 lead with 6:59 in the first. After that scoring onslaught, the Dukes would outscore Richmond 5-1 to creep back to a 12-7 deficit with 25 minutes left.

Richmond got two much-needed goals to subside the Duquesne momentum and boosted its lead to 14-7. Duquense would cut the goal deficit to five once more, but could get no closer.

The Spiders were spearheaded by the efforts of Sam Stevenson's six goals. Caitlin Fifield added four, while A-10 Midfielder of the Year Mary Flowers recorded a hat trick.

All Rookie honoree Emily Doyle dished a team-high three assists, while three other Spiders added two assists each.

Senior Victoria Roebuck was dominant in goal with 16 saves.

Richmond faces UMass for the third-consecutive year for the conference crown. The three-time A-10 champion Spiders' last title came in 2007.

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