Richmond Uses Dominant First Half to Top American
from press release
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Spiders used a dominant first half to drop American, 20-8, Wednesday for their first win of the season. Richmond's 20 goals was a season-high and the most goals since the Spiders handled St. Bonaventure, 20-9, Apr. 20, 2012. The Spiders (1-4) used a 17-5 first-half advantage to seal the win.
"It was a great win," said head coach Allison Evans. "We knew American was going to come out and fight hard. Today was a solid team effort and everyone connecting on and off the field solidified the win for us. I'm especially proud of our senior class for leading us throughout the game."
Seniors Caitlin Fifield and Sam Stevenson led the way with five goals apiece, followed by Kara Moschetti's hat trick. Five other Spiders notched goals. Fifield added three assists for a team-leading eight point total. Moschetti added two assists.
The game started close, with a 2-2 tie with 19:51 remaining in the first half. But Richmond would take over, lasering eight-straight scores to take a 10-2 advantage over the next six minutes. American could not recover.
Richmond outshot the Eagles, 32-14 and grabbed a game-high 13 ground balls. Richmond also snatched a season-best 24 draw controls, led by Stevenson who had seven. Anna Jeszeck picked up a team-high three ground balls.
Fifield moves to 138 career goals, good for sixth all-time. Her 39 assists rank ninth, while her 177 points come in at eighth. Not to be outdone, Sam Stevenson moved to 113 career goals, ranking 10th all-time. Stevenson has 35 career assists for 10th all-time while her 148 career points also rank 10th.