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Photos and Game Summary: Spiders Crush UMass

Richmond is now 13-2 at home this season, tied for the sixth-most home wins in a season in school history. Their final home game of the season will be Tuesday night at 7 PM against Davidson

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University of Richmond (22-7,12-4 Atlantic 10): 95
University of Massachusetts (13-16,7-9 Atlantic 10): 71

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All five Spiders starters scored in double figures as Richmond’s men’s basketball team picked up its 22nd win of the season Saturday evening with a dominant 95-71 victory over Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 action in front of a sellout crowd at Robins Center. The Spiders have won seven out of their last eight games heading into the regular season home finale Tuesday night against Davidson.

Richmond is 22-7 this season, tied for the seventh-most wins in a campaign in school history and tied for the Spiders third-most wins in 15 seasons under coach Chris Mooney. The 24-point win was Richmond’s 10th win by 15 or more points at the Robins Center this season, tied with 1954-55 for the most 15-point home wins in a season in school history.

“I think our defense from the beginning of the game was energetic and physical and really good and that set the tone,” said coach Chris Mooney.

The Spiders came out of the gate quickly, opening an early 18-8 lead as they connected on eight out of their first nine field goals of the game. Junior guard Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) started it off with an early three-pointer while junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored six early points, including back-to-back dunks to get the crowd into the game from the start. Defensively, the Spiders limited UMass freshman forward Tre Mitchell, the leading candidate for A-10 Rookie of the Year, to a 1-8 start from the field.

Richmond took firm control of the game with a 14-0 run later in the half, grabbing a 32-13 lead and forcing the Minutemen to spend their second timeout. Junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) scored five points early in the run while sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) hit a pair of three-pointers.

The Spiders continued to pour it on from there, extending the lead to as many as 26 points on their way to a 49-26 lead at the break. Golden got hot late in the first half, scoring 13 points in the opening 20 minutes and capping his half with a three-pointer. The Spiders shot 63.3 percent (19-of-30) from the field in the first half while limiting UMass to just 32.3 percent (10-of-31) shooting.

The Spiders quickly extended their lead in the second half to 28 points just five minutes into the period as junior guards Blake Francis (Herndon, Va.) and Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) each hit from behind the three-point line. The lead would bloom to as many as 31 in the second half as the Spiders controlled the action and kept the Minutemen off balance on defense, coasting to a 95-71 win.

Richmond rotated players in and out, with only Gilyard playing more than 30 minutes and 10 different players scoring a point. Francis finished with a game-high 20 points for his seventh 20-point effort of the season. Gilyard recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 10 assists, tying a career high. He also broke his own school single-season steals record, collecting four to finish the game with 92 steals this season, eclipsing the 89 he recorded in 2017-18.

Golden added 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists while only playing 22 minutes in the impressive win. Sherod chipped in 16 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field, including a pair of three-pointers. Cayo finished with 14 points and eight rebounds and was nearly perfect from the field, making six of his seven shots, as Richmond hit 55 percent of its field goals attempts in the game (32-58).

Richmond is now 13-2 at home this season, tied for the sixth-most home wins in a season in school history. Their final home game of the season will be Tuesday night at 7 PM against Davidson on NBC Sports Washington Plus and ESPN Plus.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Kickers and USL1 Announce Plans for 2020 Season

The Richmond Kickers haven’t announced their plans for hosting games and if fans will be allowed into City Stadium.

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Official Richmond Kickers Announcement:

USL League One announced on Thursday a revised regular season and playoff structure for the 2020 season has been approved by the league’s Board of Governors. The new format for the league’s second season will see each of League One’s teams play 20 games across 15 weeks in the regular season to determine the sides that will meet in the 2020 League One Final.

The revised schedule will see each team in League One face 10 teams during the regular season, with one opponent omitted from each club’s schedule to help limit air travel. Each team will play its assigned regional rival four times – twice home and twice away – and seven other clubs in a home-and-home series. The final two games of the season will be made up of one home and one away game against two more clubs, creating a 20-game slate.

The regular season will be played over a single-table format, with the schedule set to kick off on Saturday, July 18 and conclude on Saturday, October 24th. The top two teams in the final regular season standings will then meet the week of October 31st in the 2020 League One Final.

All league activities for the duration of the 2020 season will be coordinated in compliance with both local health authorities protocols and those previously published by the USL, which were created in consultation with medical and infectious disease experts along with required government approvals.

Additionally, League One’s Board of Governors approved a motion that will allow five substitutes to be used for the remainder of the 2020 season. Matchday squads will remain at 18 players, with clubs mandated to provide 23-man provisional squad lists at least 48 hours prior to kickoff, as per league rules.

The number of substitutes represents an increase from the three substitutions rule that had been in place. However, to avoid disruption to the game, each team will only have three opportunities to make all of its allotted five substitutions.

Substitutions may also be made at halftime without counting against a club’s three in-game opportunities. The decision is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board in May.

Every game of the 2020 League One season will be broadcast on ESPN+. Announcements regarding Home Openers for each club and the full 2020 schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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New report finds Virginia Capital Trail generated $8.9 million in local economic activity last year

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation recently released an economic impact report by the University of Richmond in collaboration with the Institute for Service Research, the findings were significant.

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

The full economic impact report can be found here.

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Flying Squirrels Season Cancelled

Take me out to the ballpark, hopefully in 2021.

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Yesterday Minor League Baseball announced that they would not be playing their 2020 season. Which obviously means no Flying Squirrels baseball for Richmond this year.

From Flying Squirrels Facebook:

Major League Baseball has informed us that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled.

Although there will be no Flying Squirrels games this summer, we will continue to be a part of the community, while having funn & making memories in new, creative ways. We love you, Richmond.

More information is here including how to get refunds for season tickets.

Don’t worry, you’ll still be seeing the Flying Squirrels as this heartfelt message from COO Todd “Parney” Parnell

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