RICHMOND, Va. – For the past two years, Erin Jablonski strapped on the goalie pads and was a foundation in the cage for the VCU Field Hockey team. Over that time, she started 38 straight games and helped oversee the program's recent turnaround.
On Sunday, Jablonski strapped on the pads for the final time for the Black & Gold as VCU fell 4-1 to Delaware in the finale of the 2011 campaign. The Rams finished the year with a 5-13 mark, 2-6 in Colonial Athletic Association action.
"This was a tough way to end the year and it's really tough to see such a hard working kid like Erin end her career with a game like this," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "I thought we really played well in the first half and put pressure on them, but didn't have the same aggressiveness in the second half. We'll head into the off-season looking to improve every day and come back better than ever next fall."
After a first-half that saw several scoring chances for VCU, including five corners, the Rams saw themselves in a scoreless tie at the halftime break.
After 55 minutes of no offense, the goals came and came in a big way. Delaware's Toni Popinko was first when she put home a rebound off a Blue Hens' corner in the 56th minute.
Exactly 14 seconds later, Kelsey Scherrer beat the Delaware goalkeeper one-on-one for her 11th goal of the year to tie the score up at 1-1.
The Blue Hens put the game out of reach in a hurry scoring three goals over a seven-minute span to ultimately secure the 4-1 victory and a spot in the CAA Tournament.
VCU will return everyone but Jablonski next fall, who finishes her career in the ranked in the top-10 all-time in goalie minutes, saves and goals-against-average.