RICHMOND, Va. – Saturday was Irene's time in the spotlight. Sunday it was apparently Kendall's time to shine.
Freshman Kendall Combs (pictured, main) scored twice in the first eight minutes to help lead the VCU field hockey team to a 4-1 victory over the Mountaineers of Appalachian State in a contest originally slated for Saturday, but moved back a day due to the Hurricane Irene.
"I'm really pleased with the way we generated our attack all game long and that in large part was due to great play by our forwards once again," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "It was good to see us clean up a few things in the midfield and backfield from Friday's game, but we need to continue to try improve in those areas if we're going to be successful moving forward."
Combs' coming out party started just 3:23 into the game when she created a turnover and started a give-and-go with sophomore Emilie Soares (pictured, left). Soares dribbled into the right side of the circle and fed it back to Combs, who deposited a shot into the back of the cage for a 1-0 Rams lead.
A little over four minutes later, Combs found the back of the cage once again thanks to a beautiful corner set up by sophomore Steph DeMasi and junior Melanie Marotta.
The Mountaineers would cut into VCU's 2-0 cushion when Jessi Stuart took a feed from Dana Wetmore and slid it past Black & Gold goalkeeper Erin Jablonski in the ninth minute.
Junior Arialle Hess, who was all over the field on Sunday, would put the Rams back up by two thanks to a beautiful feed from Soares in the 13th minute.
VCU would have chances over the next 45 minutes, but couldn't convert again until junior captain Kelsey Scherrer unleashed a rocket from just inside the circle to seal the 4-1 victory for the Black & Gold.
Combs was the story, however, scoring two goals in just her second collegiate game. She finished with 11 shots on the afternoon, five of which were on target.
"Kendall's got a ton of potential and we really saw that today from start to finish," McQuade said. "She's got a chance to be a really special player for us."
VCU dominated the stat sheet, tallying 21 shots to Appalachian State's four. 14 of those shots were on goal, while just one of the Mountaineers shots were on target. The Black & Gold also had six corners compared to just three for App. State.
The Rams return to action next weekend when they travel to Chicago to battle Northwestern on Friday and Albany, in a natural site match, on Saturday.