UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. -- The Spiders fell to top-seeded UMass, 14-9, Sunday afternoon in the 2012 A-10 Championship game.
It was the third year in a row both teams met in the conference championship, with the No. 16 Minutewomen earning their A-10 record fourth consecutive crown. That ties a record set by Temple from 2001-04.
Sunday was Richmond's seventh A-10 final appearance since joining the league in 2001, and seventh time overall time the two teams have met in the Tournament.
UMass scored the game's first two goals when Richmond got on the board with an unassisted tally from All Rookie selection Emily Doyle. The Minutewomen then countered with three consecutive strikes to take a 5-1 lead with 8:46 left in the first half.
UMass outscored Richmond 3-2 to close the half and take an 8-3 advantage into halftime. It was Richmond's lowest first-half goal total since Feb. 19 against North Carolina.
UMass came out firing, scoring the last frame's first two goals, but Richmond responded with an unassisted tally from the crafty stick of Kara Moschetti to cut the lead to 10-4, with 22:02 remaining. UMass scored in response, but the Spiders scored back-to-back tallies for the first time in the game, giving them momentum and slicing the UMass edge to 11-6 with 11:46 remaining.
UMass countered to quiet the Richmond momentum, but the Spiders responded off a slicing Caitlin Fifield, by way of a Mary Flowers assist to keep the deficit 12-7, in favor of UMass. The Minutewomen seemed to always have an answer to the Richmond rally, once again scoring to take a 13-7 lead with under seven minutes to play.
Richmond scored two back-to-back goals both from the helping hand of Flowers. Flowers scored unassisted then dished to Fifield to cut the lead to 13-9 with 5:30 on the clock. UMass grabbed timely draw controls down the stretch and scored once more to seal the win.
Ffield led Richmond with four goals, while Flowers and Doyle scored twice. Moschetti added one score. Flowers led Richmond with three assists.
Senior goalkeeper Victoria Roebuck collected eight saves. Three-time Midfielder of the Year Flowers ended her senior campaign with 48 goals, 30 assists and 78 points. Flowers was a 2012 Tewaaraton Watch list nominee.
Flowers, Fifield, Roebuck and Sam Stevenson were all tabbed to the Tournament team.
Richmond ended its 2012 slate at 10-8, 5-2 overall.