UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Richmond women’s lacrosse team put on another dominating performance on Saturday afternoon, this time taking down visiting American, 15-5, at Robins Stadium.
The Spiders were led offensively by sophomore Marissa Brown, who scored a career-high five goals on the day. Eight different Richmond players scored to give the Spiders a commanding win in nonconference play.
“I thought the team did a great job of stepping out on the field ready to play from the first whistle,” head coach Allison Kwolek said after the game. “Defense played very well and limited American's looks on cage. This team continues to grow with each game.”
Junior Kim Egizi started the scoring with a free-position goal under three minutes into the contest, before sophomore Katie Sciandra added an unassisted score just two minutes later. Brown then scored twice, both unassisted, to give the Spiders a 4-0 lead with 18:32 left in the half.
American would score to make it a three-goal game, but the Richmond offense responded, scoring six-straight to take a 10-1 lead.
Freshman Sam Geiersbach started the run on as assist from Brown, before Brown netted her second-career hat trick on a free-position goal. Geiersbach and Sciandra each scored unassisted goals to make it 8-1, before junior Katie Trainer scored on an assist from Egizi, who then scored on an assist from Geiersbach to cap the Spider scoring run.
American would score once more before the half to send Richmond into the break with a 10-2 lead.
The Eagles opened up the second half with a spark, scoring three-straight goals to cut the Spider lead to five, but Richmond found a way to respond again, not allowing American to score in the final 19 minutes of the game.
Natalia Chaney got the Spiders back on the board with 17:49 to play, assisted by Brown. Brown would score two more unassisted goals to extend the Spider lead to eight. Senior Melissa Teel scored on an assist from Geiersbach, and freshman Reagan Williams scored her first career goal in the final minutes to seal the 15-5 win for the Spiders.
Richmond outshot the Eagles, 40-17, and held a 26-15 advantage in ground balls while leading at the draw, 15-7. Sophomore Caroline Queally won a game-high eight draw controls, while freshman Megan Gianforte finished the game with eight saves in goal for the Spiders.Richmond returns to action next Saturday, March 11, when they host Lehigh at Robins Stadium in the second all-time meeting between the two programs. First draw is set for 12 p.m.