VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #11 Meredith McNelis, #12 Melanie Marotta, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee
MONMOUTH STARTERS: #96 Teresa Mathews (GK), #1 Nicole Manziano, #2 Amanda Schoenfield, #3 Kimmy Baligian, #8 Michelle Pieczynski, #11 Orla Macken, #12 Tara Brown, #13 Alex Carroll, #16 Trish O'Dwyer, #18 Lauren Horner, #22 Ali Askinas
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Redshirt junior Megan Botteri kept the Rams in it early with three saves in the first four minutes of action.
- The Black & Gold got some pressure going in the 20th minute when senior Meaghan Neylon rifled off two shots, but both were off target as the game remained scoreless.
- Botteri helped VCU keep it scoreless heading into halftime with two more saves for a total of five first-half saves.
- Senior Chelsea Hill tried to give Botteri and the VCU defense some help when she took a pass from classmate Haley Mcbee and found the back of the cage in the 38th minute to give the Rams a 1-0 lead.
- Junior Emilie Soares extended that lead just five minutes later when she put home a rebound off a shot from Haley McBee to give VCU a 2-0 cushion.
- Monmouth would not go quietly, getting a goal from Amanda Schoenfield off an assist from Trish O'Dwyer in the 52nd minute to make it a one-goal game again at 2-1.
- Freshman Kendall Farino gave the Rams some breathing room just five minutes later, taking a feed from McBee through the Monmouth goalkeeper and firing a shot into an empty cage to give VCU a 3-1 advantage.
- Farino's goal would prove crucial when the Hawks got a goal from Michelle Pieczynski off a deflection from Tara Brown.
- Botteri and the VCU defense would stage off Monmouth the rest of the way to secure its second straight road win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The 4-0 start equals the best start in program history. The 1989 and 2009 squads also started 4-0.
- The 4-0 start is also the best start for any Head Coach in VCU Field Hockey history.
- Eleven different Rams scored points last year, VCU has already had eight tally points this season.
- Farino's game-winning goal in the 57th minute was the first of her VCU career.
- McBee entered her senior year with six career points. She has 10 through the first four games of 2012.
Head Coach Shannon Karl
- "We were able to make some adjustments at hafltime that allowed us to generate attack in the second half. Credit to Monmouth for testing us until the final horn. It's games like today's where it is critical to find a way to earn the win. We will get back to work this weekn in training and focus on Friday's match at Davidson."
Redshirt junior Megan Botteri
- "The first half was a bit chaotic, but after halftime, we were able to make some necessary adjustments in order to put the ball in the net. It wasn't our best win, but we fought for it and it's that continual fight and perserverance that will help us keep winning."
Freshman Kendall Farino
- "Today was quite a nail biter and we knew that we had to make adjustments going into the second half. Once we took the field after halftime, I could tell we were all ready to fight for the win for each other. We were able to score quickly and keep the energy high for the rest of the half."
- The Rams look to keep the "road warrior" mentality with a tough non-conference road game at Davidson on Friday night. Game time is set for 6 p.m.