RICHMOND, Va. - The old saying, "Better late than never," could really have applied to the field hockey match on Sunday afternoon between VCU and Davidson on the turf at Cary Street Field.
All three goals in the game were scored within a four minute span in the second half, with the Black & Gold coming out on top, 2-1, to snap a three-game losing skid and improve to 2-4 on the year.
"Davidson is a well-coached, talented team. The first half was slow, but we came out strong after halftime," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "We're really pleased with the work rate and spark that we got off the bench today."
The first 35 minutes of action was slow with only six combined shots and a lack of scoring chances for either squad.
Freshman Nicola Breeman was one of those sparks off the bench for the Rams and the youngster found the back of the cage for the first time in her collegiate career. Sophomore Kayla Mueller drove into the circle and found Breeman who gave VCU a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute.
Just over two minutes later, 2010 NorPac Player of the Year Finley Amato deflected a shot by Tyler McFayden into the back of the cage to even the score at 1-1.
The resilience of the Black & Gold was put on display just 1:08 later when junior Melanie Marotta blasted home the eventual game-winner off a set corner play. Sophomore Steph DeMasi fed junior Kelsey Scherrer, who set up Marotta's first goal of the season.
Davidson would not go away though, putting pressure on the Rams with several corners in the final minutes, but VCU's defense was able to stage off any chances to secure the victory.
"As a team, we really need to improve our clock awareness towards the end of games," McQuade said. "However, we'll take the win and look to grow from it in preparation for Thursday night."
The Rams are back in action at Cary Street Field on Thursday night, when they host in-state rival Longwood University in a 6 p.m. contest.