Richmond got a hat trick from senior Hayley Ross (Annapolis, Md.) and opened up Atlantic 10 Conference play with a road win over Saint Joseph’s 10-4 Friday afternoon at Sweeney Field. The win gives the Spiders two wins in a row and a 6-4 mark, 1-0 in the A-10. The Hawks slip to 3-7, 0-1 in league play. The Spiders improve to 5-0 when scoring 10 or more goals and have allowed just seven goals in the last two combined games.
The Spiders got a quick goal freshman Emily Castle (Annapolis, Md.) on an assist from Ross a little over two minutes into the contest. The Hawks leveled the contest at a goal each a minute later and the teams alternated goals again until Richmond sophomore Charlett Stevenson (Darien, Conn.) scored a pair of goals to end the half and give the Spiders a 4-2 halftime edge.
“It felt like the start of A-10 play,” said head coach Allison Evans. “We know how important each game is and we started off tight.”
The Hawks collected more shots (11-9) in the first half, but the Spiders won five of the seven draws and hustled to a few more ground balls (12-10) in the opening period.
Junior goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) collected six of her eight saves in the opening half.
“Our defense played really well in the first half and after we made adjustments, our attack started connecting and getting good looks at the cage. Even though we didn’t start out strong, this team continues to impress me with how they make in-game adjustments.”
The second half was mostly defensive, with the first goal coming at the 17:10 mark by Ross on an assist from Bailey Zerr (Denver, Colo.) for the 5-2 lead.
After a SJU goal two minutes later, the Spiders put five goals in the back of the net to break open the game. Junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) scored her 16th goal of the season with 10:32 in the half before Ross scored twice to the five-minute mark.
Sophomore Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) and Zerr scored two late goals inside the three-minute mark and a late SJU free position shot finished the scoring.
Richmond finished with 11 draws won and 20 total shots in the contest.
The Spiders will go for three in a row with the home conference opener on Sunday at 1 p.m. against La Salle at Robins Stadium.