After four road games in a row, the University of Richmond women's lacrosse team lost its third conference game against the Duquesne Dukes, 11-8, Friday in Robins Stadium.
Many Spiders and Dukes fans came out to watch the teams compete in the 70-degree weather.
The Spiders (4-10, 1-3) started the game by scoring two goals in the first five minutes, but the Dukes then responded with three goals. In the first half, Duquesne responded to every goal the Richmond team scored, ending the half with the Spiders down 8-6.
Senior Sam Stevenson, the leading scorer with four total goals, made the first goal of the second half, but the Dukes kept control of the offense, scoring three more goals.
Throughout the game, the Spiders kept getting into foul trouble, including two yellow cards. The team had a total of 28 fouls.
"Deep down I know that the team wanted to get the ball back and they just did it in a way that was undisciplined," head coach Allison Evans said.
Senior Jennifer Zoltoski scored the final goal of the game with 13:37 remaining. The Dukes kept control of the ball and held off the Spiders to win 11-8.
The loss was hard for the team members because they knew that they were the better team and that they did not play to their potential, senior Kara Moschetti said.
"We didn't show up and we didn't play consistently for the full 60 minutes and, you know, overall had too many mental mistakes that cost us momentum," Evans said.
Losing this conference game was a setback for the team, Zoltoski said. She said winning would have been a step towards the team's overarching goal of winning the Atlantic 10 tournament and getting a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Spiders will host their next game against St. Bonaventure on Sunday at noon.
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