Explorers Drop A-10 Decision to Richmond

PHILADELPHIA - Caitlyn Brostrand and Katelyn Fay each recorded three goals to lead La Salle lacrosse in a 19-13 setback to Richmond on Sunday in Atlantic 10 play. The Explorers drop to 8-4 (0-3 Atlantic 10), while the Spiders improve to 4-9 (1-2 Atlantic 10).

Richmond's Caitlin Fifield led all scorers with six goals, and Kara Moschetti scored four goals and assisted on four others.

The Explorers drew first blood just under two minutes into play when Lauren McDermott set up an Erin McCabe goal.

Bailey Zerr got the Spiders on the board exactly three minutes into the game and the Spiders rattled off three straight to take a 3-1 lead.

Melanie Sarcinello notched a goal at 21:30 to get back within one goal and Katie Marasco drove the length of the field to knot the game at 3-3 at 18:16.

The squads traded goals within a minute of each other for a 4-4 tie before Richmond went on a decisive seven-goal run in an eight-minute span on two more Zerr goals and three Fifield scores to take an 11-4 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first half.

The Explorers got two back before the break as Katelyn Fay scored on an assist from Kelly Furman, and Maggie O'Ferrall scored with 1:35 left to get within 11-6 at the half.

Fifield scored her fourth of the game at 27:14 of the second half before a Furman goal and a Brostrand score drew the Explorers within 12-8 with 24:59 on the clock.

That was the closest the squad would get as the two teams mostly traded goals throughout the second half en route to the final 19-13 score.

The two teams were fairly even in most stat categories. Richmond outshot La Salle 33-26 while the Explorers held a 19-9 edge on ground balls. La Salle won the turnover battle 16-15 while Richmond controlled 18 draws to 16 Explorer draw controls.

The Explorers continue through Atlantic 10 play on Friday (4/12) when they head across town to Saint Joseph's for a 4:00 p.m. start.

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"It was a great team win," said head coach Allison Evans. "Everyone contributed to the points we put up offensively and to the defensive stops. This is what we need to propel ourselves through conference play and into the A-10 Tournament."

La Salle (8-4, 0-3) had the game's first goal, but Richmond (4-9, 1-2) scored three-straight in a four-minute span to take a 3-1 lead at the 23:52 mark. An unassisted Explorer goal would tie the game at 4-all, but the Spiders quickly took control with seven consecutive goals to take a commanding 11-4 lead with 5:12 remaining in the half.

La Salle would get to within a four-goal deficit twice, but Richmond's early lead would not be relinquished.

Caitlin Fifield scored a game-high six goals, which is also a season-high total for the Tewaaraton Watch List nominee. Kara Moschetti led Richmond with eight points on the day (4g, 4a) while Sam Stevenson chipped in with four goals. Bailey Zerr added a hat trick.

Hayley Ross picked up a team-high three ground balls, while Zerr secured a team-high six draw controls. Taylor Blazer and Anna Jeszeck led Richmond with three caused turnovers, respectively.

Richmond outshot La Salle, 33-26, and won the draw, 18-16. Michaela Aymong had 11 saves in goal.

Richmond returns to Robins Stadium for a three-game homestand beginning with Duquesne Friday, Apr. 12 at 4:00 p.m.


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