Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/14
From Press Release
Scoring was difficult to come by on both ends of the field in today’s Atlantic 10 semifinal matchup between No. 3 La Salle and No. 2 Richmond, and the Explorers finished on the wrong side of the 8-4 final score at Robins Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Explorers wrap up their season at 11-6, with those 11 victories marking a new program win record.
Senior Maggie O’Ferrall made her final game in an Explorer uniform count, doubling her season goal total with two tallies today to lead the Blue & Gold. Rookies Allee Ilgenfritz and Alex Watson added one goal apiece. Caitlyn Brostrand (Camden Catholic) added an assist to finish the season as the team’s points leader with 41 as well as the team’s assist leader with 10 helpers. Kelly Furman also added one assist.
Atlantic 10 First Team keeper Gabby Antonelli recorded four saves, and also wrapped up the season with the program’s all-time best single-season goals against average (8.23). She bettered the previous best of 9.14 GAA set by Chantelle McCormick in 2005.
The Explorer defense did a good job on the Spiders today, limiting them to eight goals compared to the 15 given up to Richmond in the regular season meeting nearly a month ago. Erin McCabe recorded two caused turnovers, and Anastasia Fries and Ilgenfritz recorded one each. The Explorers also did not allow one free position attempt in the entire 60 minutes of play.
“I thought our defense played exceptional today, but we just could not get it together offensively,” Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. “Their goalkeeper (Emily Boyce) made some great saves early in the game and we just weren’t able to make the adjustment.”
Bailey Zerr led the Spiders with three goals, and Emily Doyle and Brooke Wilson scored two each.
Richmond (11-6) opened up a 3-0 lead through nearly 21 minutes of play. Doyle scored the first of the game at 23:27 and Charlett Stevenson added a score at 13:56 on a Doyle assist. Wilson scored her first at 12:49.
O’Ferrall got the Explorers on the board at the 9:06 mark, sinking the game’s lone free position goal to put the score at 3-1.
Wilson added another at 4:11, before Watson made a streaking drive to the goal and sinking a beautiful shot with 1:28 until halftime. Zerr scored the first of her three with just 18 seconds left to put the Spiders up 5-2 at the break.
Scoring was once again difficult to come by early in the second half. Doyle scored the first of the half at 20:01 on a Zerr assist.
The Explorers got one back when Furman found Ilgenfritz, who sank her 18th goal of the season at 15:33 to put the score at 6-3.
Zerr then went to work for the Spiders, scoring twice at 13:52 and 6:59 to give the Spiders an 8-3 advantage and put the game out of reach. O’Ferrall got one of those back with her second of the game at 4:06, taking a pass from Brostrand and one-timing it into the net for what proved to be the final 8-4 score.
Richmond nearly got one more goal with about a minute remaining, but it was called off due to an illegal crosse, and the 8-4 score held.
The Spiders owned a 22-17 shot advantage, a slim 12-11 edge on ground balls, and an 8-6 lead on draw controls. Spider keeper Emily Boyce finished the game with 11 saves.