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Spider Sports Recap | Week of March 21

<p>Junior midfielder Sophia Dicenso catches the ball at the March 25 game against La Salle University in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Richmond Athletics.</p>

Junior midfielder Sophia Dicenso catches the ball at the March 25 game against La Salle University in Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of Richmond Athletics.

Baseball

March 23: UR vs Towson

The game was postponed due to the inclement weather and there is no makeup date that has been finalized. 

March 25: Loss 4-7 to Villanova

The Spiders hit Pitt Field, but were defeated by Villanova University and dropped their record to 12-6. Junior Jeremy Neff pitched for a little over six innings and struck out a season-high nine batters. Fifth-year Dom Toso hit a three-run home run that drove in graduate student Christian Beal and junior Alden Mathes. Toso’s brought his hitting streak to 18 games. He was instrumental in gaining the Spiders the lead in the first and fourth innings, but it wasn’t enough to keep the game alive for UR. 

March 26: Loss 12-14 to Villanova

UR suffered back-to-back losses against Villanova, adding to their now 12-7 record. Toso extended his hit streak to 19 games and had six at-bats, two runs and two hits. The Wildcats took the lead in the fourth inning with a five-run rally and brought their lead to 7-4. In the sixth inning, Beal hit an infield single. Mathes followed up with a home run. Toso, sophomore Jared Sprague-Lott and graduate student Shane Gipson made their way onto base. First-year Johnny Hipsman took the plate, and with bases loaded, nailed a grand slam down right field. While the Spiders’ bats came alive in the end, it wasn’t enough to beat the two-run deficit. 

March 27: Loss 4-15 to Villanova

The Spiders wrapped up their three-game weekend with three straight losses against Villanova. UR saw no luck batting until the third inning with Sprague-Lott’s hit, driving in Toso for a 1-1 score. In the fourth inning, the Wildcats tallied up five unanswered runs and three more runs in the sixth inning. UR was able to get a point on the board in the sixth inning after Gipson hit a single that drove in Sprague-Lott. UR’s luck began to turn with a two-run inning in the seventh inning, but the Wildcats pounced on the Spiders in the ninth inning with six runs to take the 4-15 win. 

Men’s Lacrosse

March 26: Win 20-5 against Hampton

The men’s lacrosse team traveled to Hampton, Virginia, where they defeated Hampton University by four times their points and added to their now 5-3 record. UR sits at a 36-6 all-time record in the Southern Conference. UR’s 36 wins are seven more than any other team in league history. Junior attacker Dalton Young led the Spiders with a game-high four goals. Senior attacker Ryan Dunn, graduate midfielder Luke Frankeny and senior attacker Ryan Lanchbury each added two goals and were among 12 total scoring Spiders.  

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Women’s Lacrosse

March 25: Win 14-8 against La Salle

UR traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and defeated La Salle University, advancing to a 7-2 season record. By halftime, UR was up 9-1 against the Explorers, but they quickly came back against the Spiders with a 5-0 run in the second half. Graduate goalie Delaney Galvin walked away from the game with nine saves for the Spiders. Junior midfielder Sophia DiCenso lead UR with four goals. Junior attacker Arden Tierney, first-year attacker Colleen Quinn and junior midfielder Lindsey Frank all tallied two goals. 

March 27: Win 12-7 against GWU

The women’s lacrosse team traveled to Washington D.C. to meet George Washington University. The Spiders left the first period down by one goal against the Colonials, but the odds flipped in the second period when UR tied the game 6-6. UR added a total of six goals in the last two periods with GWU tallying only one goal. Frank scored a career-high five goals, three of which were in the final two minutes of the game. Tierney tallied up three goals, while senior Marina Miller and first-year Hannah Custer scored a respective two and one goals. 

Men’s Tennis

March 25: Loss 1-6 against SJU

The Spiders began their Atlantic 10 season with a loss against Saint Joseph’s University, one of their two matches that weekend. Seniors John Walsh and Campbell Erwin won their fifth straight doubles match with a score of 6-3 and improved their season record to 9-3. Erwin was the sole Spider to win his singles match with scores of 6-4 and 7-5. 

March 26: Fordham

As of 5:30 p.m. on March 27, there is no further information regarding the Spiders playing Fordham University. 

Women’s Tennis

March 25: Win 4-1 against GMU

The women’s tennis team opened up its A10 season with a win against the George Mason University Patriots. Fifth-year Emily Dunbar, senior Helene Heiberg and junior Marta Buendia won their singles matches against the Patriots. Sophomores Carly Cohen and Sara Salemyr did not finish their matches because to time constraints. Cohen and Salemyr both bounced back in the doubles matches with their respective partners to win their doubles. Cohen and Buendia defeated their opponents 7-5, and Dunbar and Salemyr defeated their opponents 6-1. 

March 26: Loss 1-4 against GWU

The Spiders were defeated at George Washington University’s home court on Saturday afternoon following a home win. In the singles competition, Salemyr was the sole Spiders to defeat her opponent, going 2-1 with scores of 6-3, 4-6 and 6-2. In the doubles competition, while UR saw no wins, the Dunbar-Salemyr duo was able to clutch the match and force a 5-5 tie against the Colonials — robbing them of a 3-0 win. 

Outdoor Track

March 24-26: Raleigh Relays

The Spiders’ outdoor track team traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the Raleigh Relays, a three-day sporting event against multiple schools. In the women’s 800-meter event, senior Rachel Helbling took second place in the eighth section with a time of 2:08.70. Helbling also had the fastest 400m split time of 1:03.60. In the women’s 5000m, sophomore Elizabeth Stockman took seventh place in the fourth section with a time of 16:48.60. 

Contact Sports Co-Editor Andrew Cardounel at andrew.cardounel@richmond.edu.

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