A flourish of five goals to close out the first half was enough to propel Richmond’s women’s lacrosse team to a 13-6 Atlantic 10 Conference win over visiting George Washington Sunday afternoon at Robins Stadium. The victory keeps the Spiders undefeated in league play, at 4-0, with a 9-4 overall record. Richmond has won a season-high five-straight games. The Colonials drop to 5-8 overall, 1-3 in league play.
Junior Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) posted a career-high four goals and added an assist for a career-high five points in the game.
The game started out looking like a Richmond rout, with the Spiders scoring the first two goals in the first four minutes of the game. Junior Bailey Zerr (Denver Colo.) scored her only goal 95 seconds into the contest. The assist was Jeszeck’s, her ninth helper of the season. That goal was followed a little over two minutes later with one from sophomore Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.)
George Washington stormed back into the contest with three goals over the next seven minutes to take the lead. Jamie Bungardner had assists on two of the goals in the stretch for a 3-2 game.
After that point, the Spiders netted five goals to end the half and the first of the second half to take a 7-3 lead. Jeszeck started the run at 18:01 remaining in the opening period and added the seven Spider goal of the day to start the second half. Sophomore Emily Castle (Annapolis, Md.) scored back-to-back goals and junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) added the goal in the stretch to end the half.
The teams alternated goals for the first three per side in the second half until the Spiders put in the last four goals in the final 4:37 of the second half for the rout.
Goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) collected six saves, including two on free position shots and a point-blank breakaway in the second half to preserve the win. Her record for the season is 8-4. Bopyce and the team have held their last seven opponents to an average of 5.3 goals per game, the last five opponents to just 4.6 goals per game. Richmond has allowed just 20 goals in their four league games so far.
Ross and Jeszeck caused two turnovers each to aid the defensive effort and defender Taylor Blazer (Berlin, Md.) won seven draws, almost as many as GW won as a team in the game (10).
The Spiders will meet up with nationally-ranked Massachusetts at home next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Richmond and UMass are the last two undefeated teams in the league, leaving the winner in sole possession of first place with two games left in the regular season.
NOTES: Doyle’s pair of goals put her at 50 for her career… Four different Spiders (Stevenson, Doyle, Ross and Jeszeck) all have 20 or more goals this season… The Spiders have scored 10 or more goals in all five games of the win streak.