September 21, 2012

RAMS RECORD-SETTING START MOVES TO 7-0 WITH DOMINATING 4-1 WIN AT TOWSON

THE BASICS:

  • Final Score: VCU 4, Towson 1
  • Location: Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
  • Highlights: Senior Kelsey Scherrer scored twice and notched an assist for a five-point day to lead VCU to a dominating 4-1 win over the Tigers. The Rams stretched their record-setting start to 7-0. Prior to this season, the best start in program history was 4-0 (1999, 2009).

VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #11 Meredith McNelis, #14 Kelsey O'Brien, #17, Meaghan Neylon,#22 Kendell Combs, #23 Haley McBee

TOWSON STARTERS: #00 Tashani Dickson (GK), #1 Heather Jenney, #3 Kate Williams, #4 Kasie Nurko, #5 Kelsey Fielder, #6 Megan Penza, #9 Courtney Branco, #19 Kathleen Morris, #20 Janine Kovach, #23 Kelly Mattingly, #25 Kate Nolan

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • After two early corners for Towson, the Rams came alive quickly, netting the game's first goal in the eighth minute when seniors Melanie Marotta and Kelsey Scherrer set up classmate Meaghan Neylon off a corner for her third goal of the season.
  • Scherrer got a goal for herself less than five minutes later when she dribbled through two defenders, into the circle and blast a shot to the right of the keeper to give VCU a 2-0 just 11:27 into the contest.
  • The first half onslaught wasn't over as senior Arialle Hess sent home a pass from classmate Chelsea Hill in the 31st minute to give the Rams a comfortable 3-0 lead at halftime.
  • The seniors would continue their strong day in the second half when Scherrer found the back of the cage for the second time off Marotta's second assist of the day.
  • Towson did get on the board late when Caitie Barnwell found Courtney Branco for a goal with just over five minutes left.
  • Redshirt junior Megan Botteri made sure that's all the Tigers would get on the day, registering seven saves on the day and lowering her GAA to 1.25, which ranks in the top-15 in the country.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Prior to this season, the best start in school history was 4-0. The Rams are now 7-0 this year.
  • VCU is one of just four schools in the country still undefeated. Syracuse, Princeton and Connecticut are the others.
  • Scherrer's five-point day is the highest total for any Ram since Scherrer's hat trick against William & Mary last year (10/21)
  • Scherrer has now scored in six of VCU's seven games this year.
  • The senior class accounted for every point on the evening.
  • Marotta's two assists set a new career-high for the senior.

QUOTABLES:

Associate Head Coach Laura Baker

  • "Tonight's win was a superb team effort by all. We went into the game with a very different game plan from usual and the girls did a fantastic job of sticking to that. We took the game to Towson from the start which was good to see and finished well in the first half."
  • "The win is a great way to start our weekend off with a bang and we look forward to trying to keep it going on Sunday."

Senior Kelsey Scherrer

  • "We knew going into this game that it was going to be a challenge given the change in surface, but the coaching staff did a great job of preparing us for it during practice this week."
  • "The goals weren't necessarily pretty and the ball wasn't moving at the speed we're used to, but we were scrappy in the circle, which allowed us to put the ball in the cage."

Senior Arialle Hess

  • "I think we fought till the end to come out with the win tonight. We definitely didn't let the surface bring us down. From here on out, we just need to come out strong from the start and finish strong every game. We need to keep this attitude and mentality throughout the season and find a way to win everytime."

COMING UP

  • The Rams stay on the road for a showdown with 23rd-ranked Drexel on Sunday. Game time in Philadelphia is set for 12 p.m.
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