UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - The No. 17 ranked Richmond field hockey team overcame a 1-0 goal deficit with three goals in just one minute and 14 seconds Sunday to win a first-place showdown with Temple 4-1 on Senior Day at Crenshaw Field.
In a showdown of the two remaining undefeated teams in the Atlantic 10, Temple (11-7, 4-1 Atlantic 10) took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute and mainted that lead as the clock wound under 15 minutes to play in the second half.
In the 57th minute, the Spiders earned a corner and a shot by Amy Cooke was saved, but Barry was there to knock in the rebound to tie the game. That goal hit the back of the cage with 13:35 on the clock. The fun had just begun.
Thirty seconds later, the Spiders were on a counter and freshman Taylor Deitrick found Barry streaking up the right side. Barry did her trademark juggling the ball on the stick, the Temple goalkeeper came out to challenge her and Barry tapped the ball over her head, went around the left side of the keeper then gathered herself and smacked a shot in to the cage for a 2-1 lead with 12:56 on the clock.
With Crenshaw Field rocking, the Spider fans did not have to to wait long for an insurance goal. Deitrick crossed the ball to junior Chelsea Davies, and Davies found the back of the net for her seventh goal of the season with 12:21 remaining.
The Spiders had scored three goals in just 1:14.
Barry, who has scored two goals in three of the last five games, now has the team lead with 11 goals and has 30 points on the season.
The Spiders (13-4, 5-0 Atlantic 10) improved to 8-0 at home this season and won their eighth-straight game. which ties for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history.
Richmond is needs to win one of its final two games to clinch its eighth Atlantic 10 Regular Season Championship in the last 11 years. The Spiders play at Lock Haven on Friday and at La Salle next Sunday to wrap-up the regular season.
The Spiders have clinched a berth in the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championship, which will take place Nov. 2-3 at the University of Massachusetts.