PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Rebecca Barry scored two goals for the fifth time in the last seven games as Richmond finished undefeated in the Atlantic 10, defeating La Salle 3-1 on Sunday.
Richmond won its 10th straight game to finish the regular season 15-4 and 7-0 in the Atlantic 10. The Spiders won their eighth A-10 Regular-Season Championship in the last 11 years and will go for their eighth overall Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship next weekend at UMass.
Richmond, which has won two of the last three A-10 Championships, will play city-rival VCU on Friday at 11 a.m. in the semifinals. The Spiders won 3-1 at VCU earlier this season.
"I'm so proud of Spider resilience this weekend," Richmond head coach Gina Lucido said. "The final conference games tested our team's ability to finish the regular season on a high note. The Spiders continue to present winning ways as they have demonstrated consistent passion and courage in every challenge faced.
"While we celebrate this conference finish, every team member knows the hardest road lies ahead," Lucido said. "Our focus is firmly grounded in defending the A-10 crown."
Barry assisted on the Spiders' first goal, setting up freshman Taylor Deitrick's 11th goal of the season just 2:05 into the game.
La Salle (8-11, 3-4 Atlantic 10) tied the game in the 44th minute, but that's when Barry brought her second-half heroics out for the third-straight game.
Barry dribbled from midfield and scored an unassisted goal in the 49th minute to give the Spiders' a 2-1 lead. Just as she had done in the previous two games, Barry then followed that up with another goal less than four minutes later.
Barry now has 15 goals on the season, having scored two goals in each of the last three games. In those three games, her two goals have come less than four minutes apart. She finishes the regular season with 39 points.
"Rebecca Barry is one of a kind as each new game she brings humble passion and impact performance," Lucido said. "Anna Zarkoski has been clutch as she has made big saves and adapted well, leading our team boldly in net."