UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond fell to No. 4 Maryland, 20-7, in both teams' season opener Sunday at Robins Stadium.
"The team played with a lot of heart," said head coach Allison Evans. "Credit to Maryland for executing their game plan. We can learn a lot from the game and keep getting better as we progress through the season."
Sam Stevenson scored a team-high four goals for Richmond, moving her to 102 career goals. Stevenson is one tally shy of cracking Richmond's top-10 all-time scoring list.
Emily Doyle scored unassisted in the game's first two minutes to even the score at 1-1. The Terps countered with three-straight scores to go ahead 4-1 with 20 minutes remaining in the half.
Stevenson scored her first of the game after a Kara Moschetti assist to inch the score to 4-2 in the game's 13th minute. But Maryland responded, rattling off eight consecutive goals to take a 12-2 lead with 2:36 remaining in the half.
Richmond's first score of the second half came in the 45th minute when Moschetti scored off a Caitlin Fifield assist. Six minutes later, Stevenson would score from a dish by Doyle.
The Spiders scored two goals in the last two minutes, as Fifield connected on a score by way of a Stevenson assist. The tandem struck once more before the game ended, when Stevenson notched her fourth goal thanks to a Fifield assist with 10 seconds left.
Stevenson led Richmond with five points (4g, 1a) while Fifield followed with three points (1g, 2a). Moschetti added a goal and assist, as did Doyle.
Richmond recorded 16 ground balls and Emily Boyce made nine saves in goal.
The Spiders travel to North Carolina for a two-game road-swing next weekend. Richmond plays at No. 7 Duke Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.