RICHMOND, Va. – It was an Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament showdown at Cary Street Field on Friday afternoon, as the University of Richmond and Massachusetts squared off.
The two teams have dominated the A-10 for the last 20 years, as one of the two have won the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament every year since 1996. Richmond and UMass have met 10 times in the A-10 Tournament, all were hard fought battles. Friday's semifinal match was no different as the Spiders dropped a heartbreaker at the hands of the Minutewomen, 3-1.
Massachusetts got things started off a penalty corner, as Sarah Hawkshaw found the back of the cage to put the Minutewomen up 1-0.
Junior Megan Miller, senior Maria Madsen and sophomore Jessica Bishop all fired off shots looking for the equalizer, but the opportunities were turned away. Sophomore Thalia Williamson looked to tie the game into the break, but her shot was denied by the UMass keeper, as the Minutewomen secured a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half.
Three minutes into the second half, UMass added another goal from Hawkshaw to extend their lead to 2-0.
Junior Katrina Balatgek connected with senior Emma Johansson to put Richmond on the board and cut the Minutewomen’s lead to one with just over 15 minutes to play. However, UMass responded by tacking on another goal for a 3-1 lead.
The Spiders continued to battle looking for the ball to get past the UMass defenders, but the Minutewomen held on to their advantage to secure the win.
Richmond ends it season with an overall record of 8-11 and a 6-2 mark in conference action. The Spiders were also well represented on the league's All-Conference teams as senior Kelly Quinn, Miller and Williamson were named to the First Team. Freshmen Amanda DaSilva and Abby Lyons earned All-Rookie honors.