Richmond put together seven-straight goals and ran away with a 9-5 women’s lacrosse victory at Old Dominion Wednesday afternoon at the L. R. Hill Complex. Richmond wins two in a row and improves to 3-2 on the season, finishing up a four-game road trip. The Monarchs are 1-3 on the season.
Richmond had eight different players score a goal in a balanced attack, and goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) was stout in front of the net, logging seven saves.
“The draw control has been a point of emphasis for our team," said head coach Allison Evans after the game.
"It was great to have Emily Castle and Bailey Zerr step up and come up with 10 draw controls today. For us to have been consistently doing that for five games now has been a strong point for our team. We came out really strong in the second half. It was important for us to have eight different people scoring for us to have options in our attacking sets. Our defense did a really great job of holding a good offensive ODU team to just five goals.”
ODU scored on a free position shot just 100 seconds into the game before the Spiders scored their four first-half goals heading into halftime. Catherine McTiernan (Garden City, N.Y.) scored her first goal of the season and tied the game at one at the 22:44 mark.
A little more than four minutes later, sophomore Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) put a shot in the back of the net from a pass from junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) for Richmond’s first lead of the day.
Less than two minutes later, Doyle scored an unassisted goal and the lead moved to 3-1. A defensive battle ensued, with the final goal of the half coming from Hayley Ross (Annapolis, Md.) on a free position shot with 3:14 remaining.
The Spiders outshot the Monarchs 11-7 and controlled four of the six draws in the opening half.
Richmond scored the first three goals of the second half, started by a goal just 90 seconds in by sophomore Charlett Stevenson (Darien, Conn.) for a 5-1 Richmond advantage.
ODU scored three of the last four goals of the game, but the lead was enough for the Spiders to hold the win.
Richmond outshot the Monarchs 26-18 in the contest, winning 14 of the 16 draws in the game (shutting out ODU 10-0 in the second half).
Sophomore Emily Newman (Huntington Station, N.Y.) scored two goals in the second half to lead the team. Doyle, Ross, junior Bailey Zerr (Denver, Colo.) and junior Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) all had a goal and an assist for two points in the game, to tie the game-high total.
The Spiders will host tenth-ranked Notre Dame next Tuesday in the return to Robins Stadium at 3 p.m. Admission to home lacrosse games is free.