Field Hockey Shuts Out Saint Joseph's, 3-0, In A-10 Semifinal
Nov. 5, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- 10th-ranked Richmond and the University of Massachusetts will play Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for the 2004 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey championship. In Friday's semifinals held at Garber Field on the campus of UMass, Richmond shut out Temple, 4-0, while Massachusetts blanked Saint Joseph's, 3-0.
In the game's first day, the Spiders scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal just 5:57 into the start of play. Colleen Wevodau received a pass from Michelle La Force inside the circle and blasted it by Temple goalkeeper Erin Conroy. The Owls hung tough however and had the ball in the circle four four straight possessions. TU received three penalty corners in the next seven minutes, but were unable to get a shot on goal. Richmond then added to its lead at the 17:53 mark when Holly Cram stole a Temple defender's attempt to clear the circle and put her shot by Conroy.
Cram then made it 3-0 Spiders when she scored off a penalty corner with 5:04 left in the first half. La Force and Allie Howard were credited with assists on the play. The Spiders added a fourth goal 11:27 into the second half and cruised to the victory. Cram set up Amanda Florio for the score.
Temple was held without a shot on goal and had just three total for the game. The Spiders had 15 for the game. Conroy made six saves in the TU cage and Michelle Swartz did not face a shot for Richmond. The Spiders also had five penalty corners while the Owls took three.
In the second game, Massachusetts took a 1-0 lead off a penalty corner with 20:35 left. Patricia Borneo fed the ball into Katelyn Woolfrey who slid it across to Marije Tigchelaar. Tigchelaar's shot was saved by Rebecca Cunfer, but the rebound bounced right to Jaime Bawden on the right side of the circle. Bawden let off a quick shot which found the back of the cage. The Minutewomen then added another score off a penalty corner less then nine minutes later. Again, Borneo fed the ball into Woolfrey who slid it across the circle to Tigchelaar. Tigchelaar's shot got past Cunfer and gave Massachusetts a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the Minutewomen scored off a penalty corner again to take a 3-0 lead just 1:17 into the start of the second half. Borneo fed the ball into Woolfrey, but this time Tigchelaar faked the shot. Bawden moved in and quickly took the shot which resulted in her second goal of the night.
Saint Joseph's then opened up the offense, but could not solve UMass goalkeeper Christine Tocco. With 22:43 left, Maureen Casserly got off a quick shot in front of the cage, but Tocco made the kick save. Then just under the 20-minute mark, the Hawks had two straight penalty corners. Hilary Moody got off a shot which was saved and Katie Young's next shot attempt went wide. One minute later, the Hawks got two more penalty corners which resulted in thee shots on goal but Tocco stopped them all. Nicole Antonini, Lauren Luft and Moody all had shots on goal in the flurry.
Both teams had 13 shots in the game and the Hawks held a slight edge in penalty corners, 7-5. Cunfer made four saves for Saint Joseph's, while Tocco had eight for the Minutewomen. Becky Letourneau played the final 3:38 for UMass but did not see a shot.
Massachusetts will be looking for its 10th Atlantic 10 title tomorrow while the Spiders are playing for their third straight. The game will be at 5:00 at Garber Field.