RICHMOND, Va. – Last night, several members of the VCU Field Hockey team gathered to enjoy the legendary comedy, "Dumb and Dumber."
It appears the comedy will be making it onto the bus next weekend after the Black & Gold posted a decisive 3-0 victory over the Tigers of Pacific on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Cary Street Field. Junior Haley McBee was the offensive star of the day, posting her first career two-goal game for the Rams.
"I'm proud of the way our girls bounced back and battled enough to pick up a nice win today," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "We had solid contributions from several girls today, which is always nice to have as a coaching staff. Hopefully we can take this and build on it heading into the final stretch of games."
The two teams battled for scoring opportunities early with junior Arialle Hess and sophomore Kelsey Powell both having chances to find the back of the cage, but the Tigers defense was able to hold the Black & Gold off and keep the game scoreless with less than ten minutes to play until halftime.
With the game ticking towards halftime, McQuade went to her bench and brought in McBee, who gave the Rams a much-needed offensive spark.
"We're always looking for our subs to come in and give us great energy and that's exactly what Haley did today," McQuade said. "She's such a tough kid, who can really score when she gets around the cage and that was obviously on display today."
Sophomore Emilie Soares set up McBee's first goal with a beautiful pass from just inside the top of the circle and McBee finished to give VCU a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.
It would stay 1-0 for exactly 33 seconds as McBee rifled shot from the top of the circle to push the lead to 2-0 as the teams headed into halftime.
The second half saw much of the same with the Black & Gold controlling the pace of play for much of the stanza. Junior Chelsea Hill made several nice moves in the midfield, one of which led to VCU's third goal of the contest.
In the 62nd minute, Hill dribbled through traffic and made a nice feed to Hess, who was sprinting down the left side of the field. Hess then delivered a spectacular long pass to freshman Kendell Combs, who found the back of the cage for her third goal of the year.
"There's still time to make a push for a spot in the conference tournament," McQuade said. "We know it will be a challenge, but we also know that our girls have a lot in them and we're hoping to play our best hockey when we need it the most."
VCU will play one more non-conference match-up next weekend, heading north to Columbia University for a 1 p.m. showdown on Sunday afternoon.