PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University od Richmond women's lacrosse team is headed to the Atlantic 10 Championship game once again after defeating Saint Joseph's in the semifinal round. The Spiders will face off with top-seeded and defending champion UMass in the seventh A-10 title game meeting between the two teams in the last eight seasons. First draw at Sweeney Field is set for 12 p.m.
ABOUT THE SPIDERS
Richmond took down host Saint Joseph's, 15-11, in the A-10 semis to earn a spot in its fourth-straight A-10 Championship game. Sam Geiersbach leads the team with 79 points on 63 goals and 16 assists, while Marissa Brown has scored 31 goals and added 42 assists for 73 points. Kim Egizi is close behind with 71 points this season. Defensively, First Team All-Conference goalie Megan Gianforte has stopped 174 shots and leads the conference with a .500 save percentage and 9.29 goals against average.
ABOUT THE MINUTEWOMEN
UMass routed Davidson to earn a spot in the A-10 Championship game for the 10th-straight year. The Minutewomen are led offensively by Holly Turner (78 points) and Hannah Burnett (70), while Lauren Hiller has seen the majority of time in goal, stopping 137 shots and allowing 10.81 goals per game.
The Minutewomen hold an 18-8 advantage all-time over the Spiders after taking a 19-13 win in the series earlier this season.
A SEASON FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
It's been a historic season for the Spiders, both individually and as a team. Sophomore Marissa Brown became the single-season record holder in assists, while freshman Sam Geiersbach became the program single-season goals leader and junior Caroline Queally broke her own single-season draw control record.
In a 13-11 win over La Salle in the A-10 Quarterfinals, the Spiders set a new team single-season records in points and draw control wins . In Friday's semifinal matchup with Saint Joseph's, the team set a new single-season goals mark (269). The team's 14 wins this season are the most since 2007.
SEVEN SPIDERS HONORED BY A-10, GEIERSBACH NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
A historic season for the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team has culminated in a record-breaking nine All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors and two All-Academic nods for the Spiders.
Geiersbach becomes the first Spider to earn Rookie of the Year honors since 2015, when Kim Egizi earned the league's highest honor for the freshman class.
Egizi and Gianforte were both named to the All-Conference First Team, while Geiersbach, Marissa Brown, Caroline Queally and Espenschied all earned Second Team honors. Geiersbach and Gianforte were also named to the All-Rookie squad.
The nine All-Conference honors this season are the most in program history.
Espenschied and Aly Fries were both honored for their performances on and off the field, earning spots on the A-10 All-Academic team.
BROWN WITH THE ASSIST
Sophomore Marissa Brown is having a season for the record books after an impressive rookie campaign in 2016. The Second Team All-Conference attacker logged her 37th assist of the season against St. Bonaventure, breaking the previous program single-season record of 36 set back in 2008 by Mandy Friend. She currently has 42 assists on the year.
A FORCE IN THE CAGE
Goalie Megan Gianforte is on fire this season and has earned A-10 Defensive Player of the Week four times for her efforts as well as All-Conference First Team and All-Rookie Team accolades. The freshman is making her way up the national rankings, posting a .500 save percentage and allowing just 9.29 goals per game. She's made 174 stops in cage this season.
ROOKIE ON A ROLL
Freshman Sam Geiersbach is off to a hot start in her first season as a Spider. The attacker logged her 63rd goal in the A-10 semifinal win over Saint Joseph's, setting a new single-season program record. The five-time A-10 Rookie of the Week and A-10 Rookie of the Year is first on the team with 79 points.
QUEALLY DRAWS TO PROGRAM RECORD
Midfielder Caroline Queally became the program's all-time leader in draw-control wins with 203 in the Spiders' 18-8 win at LaSalle. The junior has now won 246 draws, and ranked fifth nationally among active players in career draw controls entering tournament play. In Friday's win against Saint Joseph's, she broke the single-season program record for draw controls that she set last season, collecting 99 on the year.
TRIO OF ATTACKERS HIT THE CENTURY MARK
Attackers Kim Egizi, Marissa Brown and Natalia Chaney have all hit the 100-career point milestone this season, with Brown and Chaney doing so in the A-10 semifinal win over Saint Joseph's.
2017 ATLANTIC 10 WEEKLY AWARDS
Defensive Player of the Week
Mar. 7………………………………….Megan Gianforte
Mar. 28………………………………...Megan Gianforte
Apr. 4…………………………………..Megan Gianforte
Apr. 25………………………………....Leslie Espenschied
May 2…………………………………..Megan Gianforte