Minutemen Clinch Tie For Atlantic 10 Crown
Nov. 3, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. - Devlin Barnes' (Bethesda, Md.) goal in the 80th minute rallied the Minutemen to a 1-1 tie against Richmond on Sunday afternoon. The tie guarantees UMass at least a tie for the Atlantic 10 regular-season title, its second title in the last three years.
The Minutemen are now 12-4-2 overall and 8-0-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Richmond, which still has regular-season contests left against George Washington and Saint Joseph's, is one game back at 6-1-2 in the A-10.
Richmond took a 1-0 lead early in the first half as Stephen Douglas took a cross from Eric Dutt and played the ball high into the left corner at the 18:26 mark.
UMass appeared to be headed for its first loss in the last 12 games when Barnes found a seam in traffic and delivered a soft kick that slid underneath Richmond goalie Mike Nwaneri to tie the game at 1-1. Barnes' goal was unassisted and came at the 79:28 mark. It was his second goal of the year.
The two teams then went to overtime, where Richmond was on the offensive for most of the extra session. The Spiders outshot UMass 6-1 in the final 20 minutes, but only managed one shot on goal, in which UMass goalie Enzo Altomare (Derby, Conn.) saved. The Minutemen also had several chances throughout the game, drawing 15 corners to only one for Richmond and outshooting the Spiders, 24-15.
UMass closes the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a 1:00 p.m. game against Rhode Island at Rudd Field. A Minuteman win or tie or a Richmond tie or loss gives UMass the crown outright.