UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va -- Richmond fell to No.19 UMass, 15-14, in overtime Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium.
Sam Stevenson scored with 38 seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime. Stevenson received the equalizer feed from Caitlin Fifield.
From there, UMass scored with 28 seconds remaining in the first three-minute stanza to take the 14-13 lead, but Hayley Ross countered with one second left to knot the score at 14-14. In the final three-minute period, UMass' Tanner Guarino scored unassisted with 21 ticks left to seal the win.
The Spiders struck first when Kara Moschetti sprinted downfield and lasered a goal past the Minutewomen keeper twenty seconds into the contest. UMass took its first lead, 4-3, with 16:38 left in the first frame after Katie Ferris scored unassisted.
UMass lengthened its lead to 7-4 after an unassisted Jesse O'Donnell tally, but Richmond scored the half's remaining two goals to slash the deficit to 7-6 at the break.
UMass opened the second frame with two quick scores, but Richmond seemed to always respond to the Minutewomen threat. UMass took a 13-11 lead with 7:02 remaining in regulation after another O'Donnell score. Undeterred, the Spiders scored back-to-back goals to knot the score at 13-all with 38 seconds remaining. Both tallies came from the stick of Stevenson.
The tightly contested game saw six ties and UMass did not lead by more than three scores. Today was a rematch of the 2011 A-10 Championship final.
Richmond fell to 4-6, 0-1, while UMass improved to 10-1, 1-0.
Stevenson was superb with a team-high five goals and one assist. Stevenson also notched 10 shots. Fifield followed with a hat trick and an assist, while Mary Flowers scored two goals and also had an assist. Four other Spiders notched goals.
O'Donnell and Ferris led UMass with five goals each.
Richmond won the draw, 18-14, and outshot UMass 35-28. Victoria Roebuck had seven saves.