Richmond Edged by No. 19 Massachusetts in Overtime

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va -- Richmond fell to No.19 UMass, 15-14, in overtime Fridayafternoon at Robins Stadium. Richmond fell to 4-6, 0-1, while UMass improved to 10-1, 1-0.

Sam Stevenson scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime. Stevenson received the equalizer feed from Caitlin Fifield.

From there, UMass scored with 28 seconds remaining in the first three-minute stanza to take the 14-13 lead, but Hayley Ross counteredwith one second left to knot the score at 14-14. In the final three-minute period, UMass' Tanner Guarino scored unassisted with 21 ticks left to seal the win.

The Spiders struck first when Kara Moschetti sprinted downfield and lasered a goal past the Minutewomen keeper twenty seconds into the contest. UMass took its first lead, 4-3, with 16:38 left in the first frame after Katie Ferris scored unassisted.

UMass lengthened its lead to 7-4 after an unassisted Jesse O'Donnell tally, but Richmond scored the half's remaining two goals to slash the deficit to 7-6 at the break.

UMass opened the second frame with two quick scores, but Richmond seemed to always respond to the Minutewomen threat. UMass took a 13-11 lead with 7:02 remaining inregulation after another O'Donnell score. Undeterred, the Spiders scored back-to-back goals to knot the score at 13-all with 38 seconds remaining. Both tallies came from the stick of Stevenson.

The tightly contested game saw six ties and UMass did not lead by more than three scores. Today was a rematch of the 2011 A-10 Championship final.

Stevenson was superb with a team-high five goals and one assist. Stevenson also notched 10 shots. Fifield followed with a hat trick and an assist, while Mary Flowers scored two goals and also had an assist. Four other Spiders notched goals.

O'Donnell and Ferris led UMass with five goals each.

Richmond won the draw, 18-14, and outshot UMass 35-28.Victoria Roebuck had seven saves.

The Spiders travel to St. Joe's for a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday.

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RICHMOND, Va. - A pair of overtime draw controls led to a pair of UMass goals including Tanner Guarino's game-winner in the second half of the extra period giving the No. 15 women's lacrosse team a 15-14 win at Richmond on Friday in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. In the first half of OT, Guarino won the draw control allowing UMass to set up a goal by Jesse O'Donnell. The Minutewomen again won the draw control to start the second half of OT where Guarino's tally served as the decisive goal.

UMass improves to 10-1 overall and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10, while Richmond falls to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in league play. The game was a match-up of last season's Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship game which the Minutewomen won for their third straight league title.

The Minutewomen led by two goals late in the second half before the Spiders were able to tie the game thanks to a pair of Sam Stevenson tallies. With 6:04 to go, Stevenson brought the Spiders within a goal, while her fifth goal of the day tied the game with 38 seconds left in regulation.

After Richmond won the ensuing draw control, UMass took possession off a turnover with 15 seconds to go calling timeout. The Minutewomen were unable to get off a shot forcing the overtime period.

Guarino's draw control to start the first half of overtime allowed UMass to control possession for the bulk of the 3-minute period. O'Donnell notched her fifth goal of the day with 28 seconds to go putting UMass up 14-13. The Spiders tied the game at 14-14 thanks to a Hayley Ross goal with 1 second to go.

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2012-03-30



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