The University of Richmond field hockey team defeated La Salle University 4-0 behind a pair of goals by senior Sarah Blythe-Wood.
Blythe-Wood's two goals raised her season total to 16, which is tops in the Atlantic-10 Conference.
Sophomore Katelin Peterson and junior Dani Pycroft added the other two goals for the Spiders. Senior Jess Weidner recorded a pair of assists.
The Spiders out-shot La Salle 22-4 while improving their record to 7-7 and 2-0 in A-10 play.
After the game, Blythe-Wood was pleased with the team's performance.
"It was a great day and we came out full of energy," she said. "We got a lot of momentum early in the first half, but then fell back going into halftime. Then we came back out after the half and took the momentum right back".
Blythe-Wood hopes the team can carry this momentum further.
"[The team] wants to keep working on the little things, and make [its] way through the A-10 tournament," she said.
One of those little things that the team targeted against La Salle was execution of corner attempts.
"We made [corners] a point of emphasis in practice," coach Gina Lucido said.
It's crucial for each player to execute in order to capitalize off a corner, and this renewed focus led to both of Blythe-Wood's goals, she said. Lucido was pleased with her defense's dominant performance against La Salle. The 4-0 shutout was Richmond's fourth of the year.
"Great D wins championships," she said, "and the number one focus of the staff is to play great D from the midfielders through the backs".
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The Spiders play next against West Chester University at noon on Sunday.
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