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.
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.