EVANSTON, Ill. – It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon along the shores of Lake Michigan on the campus of Northwestern University.
Unfortunately, that's where the good news stopped for the VCU Field Hockey squad. The Rams dropped their second game in as many days in a tough 3-1 loss at the hands of 17th-ranked Albany in a neutral site match.
"Obviously, we're disappointed in the loss," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "Not to take anything away from Albany, who is a very good, well coached team, however I am disappointed in the amount of effort we put forward today. We are going to have a great amount of work ahead of us this week when we get back home."
The Great Danes would pressure the Black & Gold from the start, gaining constant attack throughout much of the first half. Albany would pile up seven corners and eventually capitalize when reigning America East Player of the Year Christina Patrick deflected a shot into the back of the cage to gain a 1-0 advantage.
Junior Hayley McBee made a terrific diving pass along the backline in the 26th minute, but the Great Danes were able to break up the play and keep the Rams off the board.
Albany would turn around and set up another corner in the 28th minute, where Katharina Helling put in a rebound to push the lead to 2-0.
Right before the half, sophomore Emilie Soares and junior Kelsey Scherrer forced a turnover at midfield. Soares would then outlet a pass to freshman Kendall Combs, but Combs attempt in the circle would be broken up.
The Great Danes would convert another corner in the 45th minute when Nina Walters deflected in a shot to make it a 3-0 cushion.
VCU would try to create some pressure late and finally found the back of the cage with 24 seconds left in the contest. Sophomore Steph DeMasi started a corner with a pass to Combs, who set up Scherrer for her third goal of the year.
The Rams are back in action next Friday when they host cross-town rival, Richmond, in a 5 p.m. contest at Cary Street Field.