Second-Half Run Pushes Richmond Past Saint Joseph's

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- Kara Moschetti scored four goals as Richmond downed Saint Joseph's, 13-6, Friday on senior day at Robins Stadium.

The Spiders improved to 6-10, 3-3 overall. The Hawks fell to 8-4, 2-4. Richmond plays a pivotal game at Temple Sunday in hopes of qualifying for the A-10 Tournament that will be played next week on the campus of UMass.

Moschetti scored the game's first goal three minutes into the contest to give Richmond a 1-0 lead. The Spiders pushed three more goals across to take a 5-2 lead they would eventually take into the break.

The Hawks scored twice to start the second half, looking to seize momentum but five unanswered goals by Richmond would bolster the advantage to 10-4 with 10:15 remaining in the game. Saint Joe's would score twice more, but Richmond responded with three goals to end the game to secure a win for its five seniors.

Moschetti tallied a game-high four goals, while Caitlin Fifield recorded four points (2g, 2a). Bailey Zerr added a hat trick. Senior Jennifer Zoltoski also dished two assists.

Zerr and Sam Stevenson had five draw controls apiece, as Richmond dominated the category, 16-5. Richmond had 25 ground balls, with five Spiders picking up three ground balls each to lead the defense.

Abby Ananian led the Hawks with two goals.

Richmond plays at Temple in its regular-season finale Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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RICHMOND, Va. Saint Joseph's pulled to within one goal with just over 16 minutes remaining, but Richmond's 8-2 late second-half run handed the Hawks a 13-6 Atlantic 10 loss on Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium. SJU now stands at 8-7 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

Trailing 5-2 heading into the second half, junior attack Abby Ananian (Belmont, Mass./Belmont) proved to be essential in SJU's next two offensive scores. Just under seven minutes into the half, Ananian dished an over-the-shoulder pass to freshman attack Bianca Angstadt (Wyomissing, Pa./Berks Catholic), who bounced a shot into the lower-right corner of the goal to close SJU's deficit, 5-3, at the 23:15 mark.

Neither team would score over the next six minutes until Ananian split a pair of Richmond defenders and rocketed her second tally of the game to bring the Hawks to within one goal, 5-4, with 16:42 remaining in regulation.

However, Richmond (6-10 overall, 3-3 A-10) would score four goals between 16:02 and 14:20 en route to an 8-2 late second-half Spiders run to take the eventual win, 13-6.

Trailing 1-0 at the 24:24 mark of the first, Saint Joseph's junior midfielder Val Paolucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Springfield) took advantage of gained space from a Richmond foul and hit the back of the net to tie the score at one goal apiece.

Richmond would respond at the 21:41 mark with a goal of its own to put the Spiders back up, 2-1.

Ananian retaliated just over three minutes later as the Hawks gained a free-position attempt off of a Richmond penalty. The junior attack shot directly between two Spider defenders to hit the uppermost part of the net at the 18:35 mark to once again tie the score, 2-2.

From there, Richmond went on a 3-0 run off of extra-man and free-position opportunities that spanned just under 10 minutes to take a 5-2 lead with 15:14 remaining in the first half.

For the half, Richmond held an 11-4 advantage in shots and secured six of eight draw controls. Saint Joseph's held a slight 11-10 benefit in ground balls but were forced into seven turnovers with four coming off of failed clears.

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