Richmond Powers Past Longwood at Home

RICHMOND -- The Richmond Spiders put together an 8-0 run throughout most of the opening half and powered to a 15-3 win over visiting Longwood at Robins Stadium in women's lacrosse action. The Spiders improve to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in home games this season. Longwood slips to a 3-7 record.

It was the largest margin of victory for the Spiders since a 20-8 win over American at home on Feb. 27 of last year. The three goals allowed were the fewest since a 16-3 home win over Mount St. Mary's back on March 11, 2007.

Junior Anna Jeszeck (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) scored the game's first goal, just a minute and seven seconds in before a Longwood answer a minute later before the Spiders reeled off eight goals in a row in the opening half.

Six different Spiders scored goals in the run, with junior Bailey Zerr (Denver. Colo.) and sophomore Charlett Stevenson (Darien, Conn.) putting in a pair in that stretch.

A Longwood goal with 2:59 in the opening half was answered at the two-minute mark by Stevenson for her second hat trick of the season and a 10-2 halftime edge.

Freshman Emily Castle (Annapolis, Md.) scored her first goal of the game just 48 seconds into the second half and junior Emily Doyle (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) followed with a goal at the 22:11 mark for the ten-goal lead.

A goal from each team midway in the second half was disallowed due to illegal sticks because of all of the rain that fell throughout the game.

The first goal of the season from senior Allie Ware (Alpharetta, Ga.) came with 8:56 in regulation.

Jeszeck scored the final goal of the game with 40 seconds remaining for her second hat trick of the season.

Richmond's goalies each played a half, with starter Emily Boyce (Middletown, Md.) getting the victory and a 5-4 record. She and Michaela Aymong (Northport, N.Y.) faced three shots per half. Aymong had two saves.

Stevenson took over the team lead, now with 16 goals. Doyle leads the team with 18 assists.

The Spiders begin their Atlantic 10 Conference schedule starting with a pair of games next weekend. Friday, Richmond travels to Saint Joseph's for the 4:00 p.m. league opener. Sunday, the Spiders open the home conference schedule against La Salle at 1:00 p.m.

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RICHMOND, Va. – Longwood fell, 15-3, at in-state opponent Richmond (5-4) on Sunday afternoon in its final non-conference match-up of the season.

Junior Kacey Norwood/Chantilly paced the Lancers with a pair of assists for two points. Classmate Sarah Arndt/Pasadena, Md, and sophomores Sarah Butler/Oakleigh South, Victoria, Australia and Katie McHugh/Burke each scored one goal apiece in the outing.

Emily Doyle logged two goals and six assists for a game-high eight points to lead the Spiders to the victory. Longwood (3-7) will open its Big South Conference schedule on Friday, April 4 when the squad travels to Coastal Carolina University for a 6:00 p.m. tilt.

“We ran into a tough Richmond team today, but we have to put this loss behind us as we move onto our upcoming conference games,” said head coach Elaine Jones.

The squads traded one goal apiece in the first three minutes of play, as Norwood found Arndt in front of the net for a shot on target at 27:50. The Spiders pulled away, however, with the next eight consecutive goals to take a 9-1 edge with 5:17 remaining in the first half.

Butler ended the silence for the Lancers, collecting a pass from Norwood and firing a hard shot past the opposing keeper with just less three minutes to go in the period. However, Richmond scored once more in the waning minutes of the half on a free position shot, giving the home squad a 10-2 lead at the break.

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