Junior midfielder Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) tied her career with three goals and also dished out four assists as the Richmond Spiders won their season-opening women’s lacrosse game 16-7 over visiting Liberty at Robins Stadium Friday afternoon.
The Spiders, which finished second in the Atlantic 10 in goal scoring last season, picked up right where they left off a year ago, after winning their last three games of the season by averaging 17 goals per game in that stretch.
This was the first-ever meeting between the schools and the season opener for both.
Richmond (1-0) scored first, on a junior Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) goal just inside of six minutes into the game, thanks to the first assist from Doyle. Liberty (0-1) answered six minutes later to tie, but then the Spiders turned on the scoring, putting three in the back of the net in a span of three minutes to take a 4-1 advantage.
After two Liberty goals pulled the game to within one, Richmond finished with a flourish, scoring five unanswered goals to end the first half, which included the first two of the season from Doyle, and her second assist.
Liberty got the first goal of the second half, but Richmond again scored five straight, the last being the second of the afternoon from junior attack Bailey Zerr (Denver, Colo.) with the third assist of the game from Doyle to push the lead out to 14-5.
Each team scored twice in the final 12 minutes for the game’s final result.
Goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) got her first win of the season (1-0) in net for the entire 60 minutes. She collected three saves and three ground balls in the win.
Richmond only committed 12 turnovers to Liberty’s 20, and the Spiders out shot the Flames 25-14 for the afternoon.
Jeszeck and Doyle shared the game-high lead with three goals each, with Jeszeck setting a new career-high in that category. Liberty’s Sam Struss was the only Flames player with two goals. Liberty goalie Kristen Masullo made six saves in the loss (0-1).
Richmond will host sixth-ranked Duke next Friday evening at Robins Stadium, with the opening draw at 5 p.m.
NOTES: Doyle previously scored three goals in a game against William and Mary back on March 20, 2012… She already has half of last season’s eight assists, but was three shy of her career high total of seven assists, posted against Temple in 2012… The team is 6-4 at home under second-year head coach Allison Evans.