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Senior Mandy Friend scored a goal with 1:29 left during overtime to lift the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team to a 14-13 victory against Duquesne University.
Richmond got control of the ball during the overtime and took its time getting off a shot.
Sue Murphy was asked to resign as University of Richmond women's lacrosse coach after athletic department officials discovered a parent-operated fund was supporting the team's budget, including travel expenses and senior gifts, The Collegian has learned.
In an interview at her home on Thursday, Murphy said she knew the fund was against department policy and that using it meant she risked losing her job.
The freshman on the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team haven't had the ideal start to their college careers, but after a 17-15 victory against St.
Women's lacrosse head coach Sue Murphy unexpectedly resigned last Wednesday during the middle of the season for undisclosed reasons.
Women's soccer head coach Peter Albright has assumed the role of interim head coach while a national search is underway for a new coach.
Senior lacrosse captain Mandy Friend enters her final season at the University of Richmond having already broken and re-broken program records during all of her previous three seasons.
Friend, a native of Canandaigua, N.Y., joined the Spiders during the 2005-06 season, teaming up with older sister Ashley to help lead the Spiders to their second-straight Atlantic 10 Championship and NCAA appearance.
Fifty-three goals, 23 assists and 76 points later, Friend had made sure the team had achieved its objective during her first year on the team.
After setting a program record for the most points scored during a single season and earning five A-10 Rookie of the week honors, individual awards followed.
Friend was named a Third-Team All-American, Rookie All-American and All-Regional first team honoree as well as being selected to the Virginia Sports Information Directors' first team.
She was also named to the A-10 Championship team, the A-10 All-Conference team and was named A-10 Rookie of the year for 2006.
Friend attributed her success to the lack of an overwhelming expectation to perform well on an established team.
"I had stand-out upperclassmen who could take over a game," Friend said, "and I felt like I was just helping them out, and if I played well, I played well and that was that."
With that type of mindset, Friend said she had the ability to play her best lacrosse.
After such a remarkable year, Friend said she had begun to pressure herself to "do this or do that."
But she repeated her success, and then some.
As a sophomore in 2007, Friend set new program records for the most goals, 62, and points in a season, 77.
During the season-opener for the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team, No.6 University of Maryland handed the Spiders a 17-6 loss Sunday afternoon at First Market Stadium.
Maryland scored six straight goals during the first half to turn a 1-1 tie into a 7-1 Terrapin lead.
The women's lacrosse team is the preseason pick for the 2009 Atlantic 10 Lacrosse Championship.
The squad will open its season with a home scrimmage against the English National Team at 3 p.m.
By Andrew Prezioso
The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team's game versus Richmond alumnae gave the current players a chance to prepare for the coming year while looking back at their recent success.
"I am just so proud that we built a tradition of winning and respect at the University of Richmond," said Richmond coach Sue Murphy.
The current Spiders won the game by a score of 12-3.
The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team has high expectations of capturing another Atlantic 10 championship this season, but two players have even loftier goals.
In August, senior attacker and midfielder Mandy Friend and freshman attacker and midfielder Caitlin Fifield tried out in Boston for the Canadian Women's World Cup lacrosse team and have made it to the final 24 players.
It has been a tale of two seasons for the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team. After starting the season with a disappointing 3-7 record, the team has rallied to win seven of its last eight games and locked up a No.