PITTSBURGH -- Richmond women’s lacrosse outscored host Duquesne in the second half, but could not overcome a fast start by the Dukes in a 10-8 loss Friday evening at Rooney Field. Richmond is now in a tie for third in the Atlantic 10 Conference standings with La Salle at 4-2, with a 9-6 overall record. Duquesne improves to 14-2 overall, 5-1 in league games.
George Washington lost Friday which guaranteed the Spiders a spot in the upcoming A-10 Championships and locked in the four teams in the tournament, though Sunday’s games will determine seedings.
Sophomore Charlett Stevenson (Darien, Conn.) led all players with three goals in the game and junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) moved into fifth in single-season and career assists by gathering her 29th of the season and 68th of her career in the second half.
“We weren’t present from the start and were on our heels early in the first half,” said Spiders head coach Allison Evans.
“We made adjustments in the second half, but struggled to execute when we needed to. Duquesne stayed disciplined and we couldn’t catch up from the hole we put ourselves into in the first half.”
The Dukes post the first three goals of the game and never trailed. Richmond scored first when Stevenson put in her first at the 14:21 mark in the first half. Two more Duquesne goals gave the Dukes their largest lead of the game at 5-1.
Hayley Ross (Annapolis, Md.) and Brooke Wilson (Ijamsville, Md.) scored back-to-back Richmond goals, leaving a minute in the half. The Dukes Claire Hurley was able to get a goal with seven seconds remaining in the half to give Duquesne a 6-3 lead into the half.
Richmond won more draws (6-3) and took more shots (10-7) in the opening half, but the Dukes were more accurate with their shots on goal.
Duquesne scored just 80 seconds into the second half before the Spiders scored five of the next seven to pull to within one goal. Stevenson scored back-to-back unassisted goals in that stretch, with Ross’ second coming with 8:11 to go in regulation to get the score to 9-8.
The Spiders won the ensuing draw, but turned it over. Goalie Michaela Aymong (Northport, N.Y.) made a save on a free position shot, but the Dukes were able to get one past her with 5:50 remaining for the final goal of the game.
The Dukes won the next draw and ran off two minutes of clock before the Spiders could get the ball back, but a pair of late turnovers sabotaged Richmond’s comeback.
Starting goalie Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) took the loss (8-6), making one save in the first half. Aymong made five saves in the second half.
Duquesne goalie Jenna Bishop made seven saves in the victory (4-1).
Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y) led the team with a pair of assists for the Spiders.
Richmond will head to Olean, N.Y. to conclude the regular season on Sunday at noon versus St. Bonaventure.