UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Freshman Emily Doyle set a record for assists in a game as Richmond beat Temple, 20-16, Sunday afternoon.
Reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Doyle collected seven assists, besting six assists set by Polly Purcell against St. Joseph's in 2004. Seniors Mary Flowers, Victoria Roebuck and Sarah Vinall were honored in a pregame ceremony on senior day.
Richmond scored in the game's first twenty seconds on a Doyle assist to an open Sam Stevenson. Temple countered with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead at the 24-minute mark, but Richmond exploded for five goals to retake the lead at 6-3 with 17:28 left in the first half.
Stevenson added two during the spree as did senior Flowers and Caitlin Fifield added one. The remaining portion of the first half was close, with Richmond taking an 11-8 lead into the break.
Richmond's attack came out firing after halftime, scoring six in a row to take a commanding 17-8 advantage. Just when it looked like Temple would be silenced, the Owls responded with a five-goal scoring spree of their own to come to within 17-13 with 13:20 remaining. Richmond and Temple each added three goals apiece down the stretch, but the Spiders held on for the win.
Stevenson continued her scoring brilliance, notching a career-high seven goals, one of which was a nifty, diving-on-the-ground laser. Fifield added seven tallies, while Flowers chipped in with four. The 20 goals scored was a season-high as Richmond won its fourth in a row to improve to 8-6, 4-1 overall.
Flowers also added three assists, as did Kara Moschetti. Richmond recorded a game-high 19 ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Victoria Roebuck was stellar, collecting 15 saves, many of which were free attempt positions by Temple.
Richmond travels to Duquesne and St. Bonaventure for its last conference games of the season next weekend.