Richmond Hands Explorers 16-8 Road Defeat

RICHMOND, Va.- In its first road game in three weeks, La Salle Lacrosse went to Richmond looking to extend a three-game winning streak and an undefeated conference record. Facing the Spiders, the Explorers dropped their first Atlantic 10 game of the season by a score of 16-8.

On its senior day, Richmond wasted no time getting ahead, as it struck for five early goals. Mary Flowers and Gabi Wiegard each scored two goals within the game's opening 10 minutes to get the Spiders out to a 5-0 advantage.

Immediately following the fifth Richmond goal, La Salle called timeout. Coming out of the discussion the Explorers seemed refocused.

Senior Jill Davis (Folsom, Pa./Ridley) got the Explorers on the board by scoring two straight goals to get her team back into the contest. Just before the 10-minute mark of the first half, junior Lauren Bushby (Chestertown, Md./ Kent County) connected with sophomore Nora McGurkin (Oreland, Pa. /William Penn Charter), who scored to reduce the gap to a two-goal margin.

After a Richmond timeout, the Spiders were able to move its lead back to a three-goal deficit before senior Stefany McKee (Baldwinsville, NY/ Baldwinsville) trimmed it back to two once more. But, the Explorers would never get closer.

Before halftime, the Spiders tacked on two more goals before Davis tallied for the third time on the afternoon to make it 8-5 game heading into the intermission. Her three goals on Friday gives her 95 in her La Salle career.

When the teams stepped back on the field for the second half, it was all Richmond, as the Spiders opened the half with six straight goals to extend their lead to a 14-5 advantage.

Within that stretch, sophomore goalkeeper Megan Corliss (Bluebell, Pa/Archbishop Carroll) was replaced by junior Mara Schnellenbach (Folsom, Pa./Ridley), who made only her second appearance of the season.

La Salle did not manufacture a point until the half was inside the 13-minute mark when freshman Lauren McDermott (Lansdale, Pa/ North Penn) found the back of the net. McDermott had 14 out of La Salle's 33 shots on Friday

Sophomore Taylor Ruland (Annapolis, Md./ St. Mary's) scored before McDermott picked up another goal in the final six minutes, bringing the Spider lead down to a 14-8 advantage. Before the game ended, Richmond's Juliane Nicola ended La Salle's scoring run before Wiegand completed a four-goal outing with under a minute remaining.

La Salle (7-5, 3-1) heads home, but has a short time to put the recent loss behind them. On Sunday, the Explorers will play their final game of the season at McCarthy Stadium when they host the George Washington Colonials. Prior to the game five seniors will be saluted in a ceremony beginning at 12:45 p.m.

2010-04-09



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