Field Hockey Falls To No. 10 Richmond, 3-1, In A-10 Championship Game
Nov. 6, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- 10th-ranked Richmond scored three first half goals in a span of less than 12 minutes to defeat the University of Massachusetts, 3-1, and capture its third straight Atlantic 10 Championship this evening at Garber Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Richmond's Allie Howard had two goals and an assist en route to being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Jaime Bawden scored the goal for Massachusetts and finished with three in the tournament.
The Spiders got on the board first with 26:15 left in the first half. Following a penalty corner, Howard took a pass from Holly Cram and put a shot on goal. It was saved by UMass goalkeeper Christine Tocco. The rebound bounced right back to Howard. She shot again and it was saved but after getting the rebound back again she was able to score. Almost 10 minute later, the Spiders made it 2-0 off a corner. Cram took the shot at the top of the circle and it found the back of the cage through traffic with 16:35 left. Michelle La Force and Howard had assists. Just over two minutes later, Richmond made it 3-0 when Howard beat Tocco with a shot off a rebound following a penalty corner.
The Minutewomen then started to get offensive pressure and it resulted in its first goal. Kara Murphy streaked down the left side of the cage and got a shot off on goal. It was saved by Michelle Swartz, but the play resulted in the Minutewomen's first corner. It was the first shot on goal that Richmond gave up in the tournament. On the corner Patricia Borneo fed the ball into Katelyn Woolfrey. Woolfrey then dished to Marije Tigchelaar. Tigchelaar faked the shot and dumped it down to Jaime Bawden down low. Bawden wheeled around and fired a shot past Swartz to make it 3-1.
In the second half, Richmond outshot UMass, 7-0, and spent much of it playing keep away. Richmond held the edge in shots (22-3) and penalty corners (8-1). Tocco made 12 saves for the Minutewomen while Swartz had one for the Spiders. For the Spiders, it marked their third straight championship. They will now host Northeast Conference champion Rider on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 1:00 p.m. in a NCAA Play-In game.
2004 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey All-Tournament Team
Christine Tocco -- Massachusetts
Holly Cram -- Richmond
Michelle La Force -- Richmond
Lesley Russell -- Richmond
Allie Howard -- Richmond
Whitney Wells -- Richmond
Jaime Bawden -- Massachusetts
Patricia Borneo -- Massachusetts
Marije Tigchelaar -- Massachusetts
Lauren Luft -- Saint Joseph's
Jen Adamek -- Temple
Most Outstanding Player
Allie Howard -- Richmond
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