Photo Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference/Mitchell Leff
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – It was a historic day for the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team.
The Spiders used first-half momentum to secure a 15-11 Atlantic 10 semifinal victory over host and No. 2 seed Saint Joseph's.
With the win, the Spiders will head to the A-10 Championship game and face top seed and defending champion UMass.
Freshman Sam Geiersbach scored a hat trick for the Spiders to total 63 goals on the year and set a new single-season program record, while junior Caroline Queally won five draw controls to total 99 on the year and break her own single-season record set last season.
Egizi and Berkery each assisted on three Spider goals, while Marissa Brown assisted on two and Teel and Williams each logged one helper. Brown's second assist was the 100th point of her career.
The Spiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first half, and didn't look back, taking a 9-4 lead into the break and then scoring twice more in the opening three minutes to go up by seven.
The two teams then went back-and-forth for the rest of the game, but the Hawks were unable to beat Spider goalie Megan Gianforte to even the score. The rookie and First Team All-Conference honoree finished with 14 saves in the cage.
The Spiders will now face UMass in the title game for the seventh time in the last eight years. First draw on Sunday is set for 12 p.m. at Sweeney Field, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.