RICHMOND, Va. (March 21, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team fell at in-state rival Richmond, 18-8, on Wednesday evening.
W&M (2-7) got balanced production offensively, as seven players scored goals. Sophomore Hannah Clarke and junior Caitlin Murphy recorded career highs in draw controls with six and five, respectively, while senior Jenny Michael totaled three. W&M owned a 19-10 advantage in the category.
Defensively, seniors Sarah Mulvey and Lauren Binzer both registered four ground balls, while freshman goalie Lucy Ferguson totaled 13 saves - nearly matching her season high of 14 that she established against Duke.
After an hour and a half weather delay, UR (4-5) began the contest with four unanswered goals in the opening 6:33. However, W&M quickly responded with scores by senior Maggie Anderson and sophomore Jenna Dougherty to cut the margin in half, 4-2, with 21:23 showing.
The Spiders countered with a 4-1 run to extend their advantage to 8-3 with 7:02 remaining in the opening half. Junior Kyrstin Mackrides tallied the Tribe's lone goal during the stretch.
The Tribe defense held UR scoreless during the remainder of the stanza, as Ferguson earned three of her eight first-half saves during the closing minutes. Sophomore Taelor Salmon also found the back of the cage during the waning minutes to cut the margin to 8-4 at the intermission.
Richmond opened the second half with a 7-0 run to push its lead to 15-4 with 22:07 showing.
W&M cut the margin to nine, 15-6, with goals by Anderson and freshman Amanda Johnson midway through the half, but the Tribe was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.
Kara Moschetti led UR with four goals, while Caitlin Fifield and Sam Stevenson both totaled seven points apiece.
The Tribe will wrap up the non-conference portion of its slate when it plays at ninth-ranked Penn State on Sunday at 1 p.m.