PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – What started as a nail-biter turned into a blowout, as the University of Richmond women’s lacrosse team posted 11 second-half goals on it’s way to an 18-8 A-10 win over host La Salle.
“La Salle attacked us hard, and we made adjustments and came out very strong in the second half,” head coach Allison Kwolek said. “Our defenders did a good job limiting their 1v1 options.”
Junior midfielder Caroline Queally had a record day in the draw circle, winning four draw controls to total 204 in her career and surpass Mandy Friend’s (2006-09) program record of 202.
“Caroline did a great job controlling the draw, which gave us more opportunities on the offensive end,” Kwolek added. “We moved the ball well on offense, giving a lot of people the opportunity to find the back of the net.”
The Explorers leapt out to a 4-3 advantage in the opening 15 minutes, but the Spiders would rattle off four-straight goals to take the lead for good and end the first half with a 7-4 lead.
La Salle then made it a two-goal game early in the second half, but Richmond responded with a 10-2 run in the final 20 minutes to log it’s second double-digit win of the weekend.
Seven different Spiders scored in the win, each posting multi-goal games to lead a powerful Richmond offense. Sam Geiersbach led all scorers with four goals, while Marissa Brown and Melissa Teel both finished with hat tricks, Teel’s being the first of her career. Natalia Chaney, Katie Trainer, Kim Egizi and Mia Castagnero each scored twice for the Spiders.
Brown also led the team with three assists to total six points on the day, while Chaney and Egizi each tallied two assists and Julie Ball finished with one.
The Spiders held a 31-23 shot advantage and a commanding 21-6 lead at the draw. Egizi won a career-high eight draw controls, while Spider goalie Megan Gianforte finished the game with eight saves.
The Spiders return to action next Friday, April 7, when they travel to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington. First draw is set for 4 p.m.