Field Hockey Falls To No. 11 Richmond, 7-0, On Senior Day
Oct. 24, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- 11th-ranked Richmond scored four first half goals and cruised to a 7-0 win this afternoon over the University of Massachusetts field hockey teamm on Senior Day at Garber Field. The loss snapped the Minutewomen's five-game winning streak and they are now 3-2 in league play. Richmond outshot Massachusetts 28-4 in the game.
Holly Cram took a pass from Whitney Wells and scored from the far side of the circle to give the Spiders a 1-0 lead just 4:29 into the game. It was her team-high 21st goal of the season. Richmond then scored two goals just 1:06 apart to increase the lead to 3-0. Heather Wrublesky and Amanda Florio had both of the goals. With 15:27 left, UMass had its first chance to score. Junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) took a free hit from outside the circle. Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) got her stick on the ball, but her tip attempt went wide right. A few minutes later, freshman Rachael Mervine (Conway, Mass.) picked off a defender's pass in side the circle, but was unable to connect with Beresin on a centering pass.
Richmond then added another goal with 10:59 left to take a 4-0 halftime lead. Wells got her ninth of the year.
In the second half, Massachusetts got its only penalty corner of the game with 20:365 left. Junior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) passed to junior Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.). Woolfrey faked a pass to Bawden and then took a shot which was blocked by a defender. The Spiders then added three goals less than 10 minutes apart later in the half and clinched the A-10 regular season title with the 7-0 win. Cram scored the Spider's sixth goal on a penalty corner for her 22nd of the season.
Beresin, Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) and Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) were all honored before the game for playing in their final regular season home game. Tocco made 10 saves in 60:52 before giving way to freshman Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.). Letourneau made two saves including a diving blocker save on a wicked shot off the stick of Cram.
Richmond held the edge in shots (28-4) as well as penalty corners (12-1). UMass did not register a shot on goal. The Minutewomen are currently in a second-place tie with Temple and West Chester at 3-2 in league play. Both Temple and West Chester play each other today and the Minutewomen hold the tie-breaker over the Owls after their win in Philadelphia last weekend. UMass closes out the regular season next Saturday, Oct. 30, at Rhode Island. Game time is 12:00 p.m.