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Spiders Hold Off Old Dominion for 11-8 Win
Courtesy: Richmond Athletics
Release: 03/01/2017
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s lacrosse team would not let adverse weather conditions affect its play, and used a dominant first half performance to hold off visiting Old Dominion on Wednesday night, 11-8.

“I was really happy with the way we finished the game,” head coach Allison Kwolek said. “The last six minutes we played high-intensity defense and made some good stops, and on the attack we worked the clock really well and got great looks on cage.”

Four Spiders scored in the winning effort, with senior Natalia Chaney and freshman Sam Geiersbach each netting four goals to lead the team. Junior Kim Egizi finished the game with four assists.

Chaney gave Richmond an early lead when she scored less than a minute in on an assist from Egizi. The Lady Monarchs answered with two scores of their own, while holding the Spiders scoreless for over 10 minutes to take a 2-1 lead.

Richmond bounced back after the drought, scoring seven times in the span of 14 minutes to take an 8-2 lead.

“We came out really strong and everything clicked,” Geiersbach said. “Everyone was locking in, and we knew we needed to against this good team.”

Egizi started the scoring run with a goal assisted by junior Katie Trainer, before Chaney logged her second and third scores of the game, the first on a free-position shot, to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Spiders with 13:10 left to play in the half.

Geiersbach scored her first goal of the day on an assist by Egizi to make it 5-2, and then quickly followed that with an unassisted goal just 25 second later.

Sophomore Katie Sciandra got on the scoreboard with 9:37 left in the half on another assist from Egizi before Geiersbach became the second Spider of the day to log a hat trick in the first half with an unassisted score to give Richmond an 8-2 lead.

Old Dominion scored once more with 3:17 left in the half to send the Spiders into the break with a five-goal lead.

The Lady Monarchs would not back down, opening the second half with three-straight goals to trim the Richmond lead to 8-6.

The Spiders did not score for the opening 19 minutes of the half, but Geiersbach ended the ODU run with a free-position goal with 11:03 left to play.

Old Dominion scored twice more to make it a one-goal game, but the Lady Monarchs were unable to complete the comeback, as Chaney and Egizi each scored once more, with Egizi and Trainer assisting, to give the Spiders an 11-8 win.

“Finishing games is something that we’ve really wanted to improve on,” Egizi said after the game. “We look to stay composed and not get down when they start to come back.”

The Spiders held a 28-20 advantage in shots, and collected 16 ground balls to ODU’s 14. Richmond also dominated at the draw, winning 15 draw controls to the Lady Monarchs’ six. Junior Caroline Queally won a game-high six draw controls.

Freshman Megan Gianforte finished the game with eight saves to total 32 for the season, while also causing a team-high three turnovers.

The Spiders return to action this Saturday, March 5, when they host American at Robins Stadium. First draw has been moved to 12 p.m. after originially being scheduled for 1 p.m.

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