RICHMOND, Va. - The VCU field hockey team will enter its first CAA Tournament in seven years as it heads to Philadelphia as the fourth-seed and faces top-seeded Drexel on Saturday.

VCU Athletics Communications Student Assistant Andrew Phillips caught up with the Rams leading scorer Kelsey Scherrer, before the trip, to get to know her off the turf.

AP:  Why did you decide to come to VCU?
KS: My decision had a whole lot to do with the coaching staff. Kelly and Shannon both made their expectations and goals very clear from the beginning. They made it extremely apparent how passionate and driven they were to get the program to the place they knew it was capable of being. I knew that they were in it for the long haul and the idea of being a part of a growing program made me realize that it was the perfect fit.

AP: Who is your funniest teammate?

KS: We definitely have some characters on our team, but if I had to pick one I would have to go with Meaghan Neylon. There is never a dull moment with her because as you may have seen in the Rams On The Road video "the fun just follows her around!" (If you really want to laugh, you should watch her stretch.... she is about as flexible as a medal pole).

AP: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
KS: My personal pre-game ritual is to tap everyone's stick during our huddle, but the most important one happens when we line up to be announced right before the start of the game and Melanie Marotta does a pre-game dance for us all. If it doesn't happen things just don't feel right!

AP: Best piece of advice you have ever received?
KS: "Don't make excuses, JUST FIX IT!", but  "Jog it or die" is a very close second though!

AP: What are your hobbies/interests off of the field?
KS: During hockey season there isn't a whole lot of time for hobbies... however, I REALLY look forward to Tuesday Glee nights with my wonderful roommates Melanie Marotta, Meaghan Neylon, Hayley McBee, and Amy Steinbuechler.

AP: Favorite vacation spot or a place that you would really like to go?
KS: I would LOVE to visit Ireland, or go backpacking through Europe.

AP: Who is your biggest celebrity crush?
KS: Liam Hemsworth!

AP: Who is a better field hockey player Coach McQuade or Coach Karl, and could you score a goal on Coach Baker?
I think all my coaches are equally fabulous at field hockey!! And no, I could not score on Baker, unless maybe someone blindfolded her, then I might have a chance. She is what some people might call a BEAST!


Place to eat in Richmond?
Edo's Squid- Phenomenal
Movie? The Blind Side
TV show? Glee... hands down. I believe we are all Gleeks at heart.
Band/Artist/Singer? Everything from John Mayer to Lil' Wayne... I like it all!
Place to play in the CAA other then VCU? Anywhere that has wet turf! Watered down turf makes falling a little less painful... and I think I spend more time on the ground than I do on my feet.
Pro Sports Team? The Yankees!
Athlete? Derek Jeter... he is the inspiration behind my obsession with the number 2.
Favorite VCU team to watch other then field hockey? Basketball FOR SURE!