VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #12 Melanie Marotta, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #19 Kacie Yang, #22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee
LONGWOOD STARTERS: #15 Amy Lewis (GK), #4 Rachel Lombardi, #5 Stacey deGrandhomme, #6 Anne Pishko, #7 Caitlin Smith, #12 Christina Verhulst, #16 Meghan O'Connor, #17 Emily Leonard, #19 Jennifer Burris, #20 Nicole Segala, #28 Kaity Byrum
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Longwood jumped out to a quick lead when Jessica Diaz dribbled into the circle and found the back of the cage to give the Lancers a 1-0 lead just 6:09 into the game.
- The Lancers continued their aggressive play, rattling off four more shots in the next 10 minutes, while limiting VCU's offensive attack.
- VCU's lone first half opportunity came in the 19th minute when Kelsey Scherrer blasted a shot off a penalty corner, but Longwood's keeper Amy Lewis knocked it away.
- It didn't take long into the second half for the Rams to even the score as senior Haley McBee dribbled into the circle and ripped a shot past Lewis to make it 1-1 in the 39th minute.
- Neither team would pressure much the rest of the stanza with the teams trading three shots a piece, none of which were on goal.
- VCU would turn up the pressure in the overtime period with three penalty corners, but Lewis and the Lancers was able to keep the Rams off the scoreboard until the very end
- With time-winding down, Scherrer picked up a loose ball 25 yards out, sped into the circle and rocketed a shot past a drawn out Lewis to give the Rams a dramatic 2-1 win with just 2.4 seconds left on the clock.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- It was Scherrer's second straight game-winning goal, the other came in the 66th minute in Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Columbia.
- The win is the first in the past 30 years at Longwood for the Rams. VCU was previously 0-7 in Farmville since 1983.
- Scherrer's goal brings her even with Alycia Yoder for the school record in career points with 97.
- McBee and Scherrer have now scored in all three VCU games this season.
- McBee entered her senior year with three career goals. She now has four in the first three games of 2012.
- This is just the third time in the past 10 years that the Rams have started 3-0. (2009)
Head Coach Shannon Karl
- "Tonight was not our strongest first half of hockey that we've played. However, with that said, we were able to come back from a 1-0 deficit and fight our way through overtime against a tough, well-coached Longwood squad."
- "We talk a lot about being fighters and our team showed that mentality tonight. Now we will turn our attention to Sunday's game against Monmouth."
Senior Melanie Marotta
- "We knew coming into the game that Longwood was going to come out strong and give us their best game for 70 minutes. When they came out and scored right away, we just took a deep breath, relaxed and kept on fighting, because that's what we've talked about doing all year long, and that's exactly what we did for the rest of the game."
- "I think the amount of fight that we've shown comes down to the new culture that Coach Karl and the coaching staff have created. We all will work hard for one another and win together as a unit. It's a new year and we have a very strong group of girls who will never give up without a fight. We're off to a great start, but we have to stay focused on keeping the momentum going and never be satisfied."
Senior Kelsey Scherrer
- "We knew the clock was winding down, but we stayed really poised and didn't try to rush things, which was huge. Meredith [McNelis] gets full credit for the goal because she stayed focused, scanned the field, found the gap that she wanted me in and sent a perfect pass for me to collect and get into the circle.
- "The term game winner is hard for me sometimes because games like these come down to grit. When we aren't playing our prettiest hockey every person on the field plays an even bigger role in getting the ball in the net. Our defense and midfield were spectacular tonight and played really consistent hockey, which was something that I struggled with. I'm extremely happy I was able to reward them for their hard work all game long."
- The Rams stay on the road, but head north this time for a Sunday afternoon showdown at Monmouth University. Game time at So Sweet A Cat Field is set for 12 p.m.