WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Richmond women’s lacrosse team would not let an hour-long delay in the first half affect its momentum.
The Spiders dominated on both ends of the field, eclipsing the 15-goal mark for the sixth time this season and third game in a row and coming away with a 17-6 Atlantic 10 victory at George Washington on Friday afternoon and its second-best start in program history.
“We struggled to connect on offense in the first half, but after the delay I was really impressed by how the team was able to reset and find the back of net,” head coach Allison Kwolek said after the game. Our defense responded by being more aggressive and ready to slide to support the on ball defender. It was another great team win.”
Freshman Sam Geiersbach led the way with a career-high six goals and an assist for seven points, while fellow rookie Megan Gianforte stopped eight Colonial shots in goal and held her opponent to single digits for the fifth-straight game.
Natalia Chaney and Kim Egizi also had hat tricks for the Spiders, While Marissa Brown scored twice and assisted on four other goals to total six points in the game. Katie Trainer, Melissa Teel and Kathleen Berkery rounded out the scoring for the Spiders.
The Colonials scored first, but the Spiders would tie it up a few minutes later and then take the lead for good on their way to a 6-3 halftime lead.
A shot clock malfunction forced an hour and seven-minute delay with just over two minutes remaining in the half, but that would not deter the Spiders.
Egizi set the tone in the second half with a goal less than 30 seconds in, and the Spiders used a seven-goal run over a span of just under nine minutes to seal the win.
The Spiders will now travel to Amherst, Mass., to face A-10 foe UMass on Sunday afternoon. First draw against the Minutewomen is set for 12:30 p.m.