Lexie Marrocco tied the A-10 championship with six goals against UMass.
April 25, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Lexie Marrocco tied the Atlantic 10 Championship record with six goals as the Spiders' title streak was snapped by the Minutewomen in overtime, 10-9. UMass held Richmond to just one goal in the last 36 minutes of play. Kathleen Typadis scored both the game-tying and game-winning goal for the Minutewomen to advance them to Sunday's championship game.
Top-seed Richmond headed into this weekend's championship with the 2008 regular season crown but was unable to make it past UMass in the semi-finals. The Spiders had an 8-4 lead at intermission but were held to just one goal in the second half while the Minutewomen scored five tying the game, 9-9 at the end of regulation.
Lexie Marrocco was today's standout with a game-high six goals, tying the record at the championships. She is now in the company of Richmond's Mandy Friend and Caroline McGuire who put in six goals in 2007 and 2006 respectively.
Marrocco, the native of Duxbury, Mass. started the day's scoring off in her home state putting Richmond in the lead in the first five minutes of play off an assist from Claire Cunniff.
Six minutes later, the A-10 Midfielder of the Year, Mandy Friend got on the board with her first notch of the day off a free-position shot giving the Spiders a two-goal cushion. The A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Allison Furstenburg scored Richmond's third-straight goal off another free-position shot putting the Spiders up 3-0.
UMass went more than half of the first period scoreless. Kelsey Schreinder ended the drought with 10:56 to play off an assist from Typadis.
Scoring went back and forth for the remaining of the first. Friend added a goal while Marrocco scored four more finishing the half with five goals. Senior Jenna Hubbard helped found Marrocco wide open on the crease two straight times to score the Spiders' seventh and eighth goal of the game before halftime.
The second half turned out to be all UMass. The Minutewomen were the first to get on the scoreboard seven minutes into play with another rocket shot from Schreinder off an assist from Jeannette Villapiano.
About three minutes later, Allison Furstenburg connected with Marrocco for her sixth and final Richmond goal of the day, putting Richmond up 9-5.
Senior Typadis kicked off a UMass five goal run to spark its comeback with 17:12 remaining in regulation. Kaytlin McCormick then scored back-to-back goals spinning around Richmond defenders for the open shot to bring the Minutewomen within one with just over two minutes left to play.
As the clock ran down, Richmond had possession and looked like it would walk away with the win until UMass caused a key turnover earning one more chance at the cage. With just one second on the clock, Typadis charged her way through the eight-meter drawing the foul to earn the free-position where she was able to fire a the shot past Richmond's Erica Marrocco to tie the game at nine and send it into overtime.
The first three minutes of overtime went scoreless by both teams. In the second, however, it was Typadis again who found an opening to take the isolation and finish for the unassisted game-winning goal with just 1:48 remaining on the clock giving UMass the 10-9 edge on the Spiders.
Richmond's Friend finished with two goals and an assist for three points on the day, while Furstenburg finished with two points consisting of one goal and one assist. Senior Claire Cunniff finished with two assists while classmate Hubbard also added two helpers. Goalie, Erica Marrocco played an outstanding game for the Spiders earning 11 saves and allowing just 10 goals.