Field Hockey Falls To Richmond In A-10 Title Game, 4-1
Nov. 9, 2002
RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond University (16-6) used a three-goal first half to defeat the University of the Massachusetts (5-17), 4-1, this afternoon for its first Atlantic 10 Championship. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Minutewomen in this championship since suffering a 3-2 loss to Rhode Island on Nov. 4, 1995.
The Spiders struck first as Laura Hurr scored off a feed from Kristin Gavin just 6:52 into the game. The Minutewomen stopped the penalty corner, but their failure to clear resulted in the score. Lydia Decembrino scored what turned out to be the game-winner on a penalty stroke less than eight minutes later.
After another Spider goal, the Minutewomen scored on a penalty corner to make the score 3-1 just before halftime. Seniors Stacey Blue (Bellingham, Mass.) and Erika Whiston (Athol, Mass.) set up senior Sarah Bohonowicz (South Deerfield, Mass.) for the goal. For Bohonowicz, it was her third goal of the season.
In the second half, Richmond's defense did not allow the Minutewomen to score and limited them to just six shots, two of which were on net. The Spiders' Kristen Gavin added the fourth goal off a penalty corner in the 67th minute.
Richmond, who captured its first-ever A-10 title, out-shot the Minutewomen, 17-9, and held the edge in penalty corners, 10-7. UMass sophomore goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made five saves in the second half, while junior Ashley Egland (Illion, N.Y.) did not record a save in the first half of play. Richmond's Michelle Swartz made two saves in the win.
Freshman Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago), sophomore Heather Kenney (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) and sophomore Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) were named to the All-Tournament team. Richmond's Lydia Decembrino was picked as the Most Outstanding Player.
Massachusetts concludes its season at 5-17, while the Spiders earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.