UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - Five different players scored as Richmond defeated Longwood 5-2 on Saturday at Crenshaw Field.
"Today was another day of testing for our program, but the team showed mental strength and our ability to finish," said head coach Gina Lucido. "The Spiders have been intentional about working towards 70 minutes of mental and physical play. While moments of play prove frustrating as our on-field chemistry is just slightly off, there are equally great spaces of brilliant play that show our potential."Freshman Avery Safford put the Spiders on the board in the 21st minute and Richmond added two more goals in the next seven minutes to open up a 3-0 lead. Freshman Taylor Deitrick scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season and junior Chelsea Davies scored her fifth goal of the season.
Longwood's Stacey deGrandhomme scored a goal with four minutes remaining in the first half and the Lancers (1-8) pulled within one on a goal by Kim Ruiter in the 46th minute.
"I continue to believe the best is ahead of us," Lucido said. "I know these women are committed and have the character to pursue their dreams relentlessly."
The Spiders (5-3) travel to Norfolk on Friday to play Old Dominion at 5 p.m.