RAMS PLAY TOE-TO-TOE WITH 17TH-RANKED SPIDERS, BUT FALL 3-1 IN A-10 HOME OPENER
Score: #17 Richmond 3, VCU 1
Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: In the first Atlantic 10 Conference home match in VCU field hockey history, the Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead shortly into the second half, but the 17th-ranked Spiders of Richmond put three unanswered goals on the scoreboard to come away from Cary Street Field with the 3-1 victory.
VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #7 Chelsea Hill, #12 Melanie Marotta, #16 Arialle Hess, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #19 Kacie Yang, #23 Haley McBee, #24 Nicole Barry
RICHMOND STARTERS: #00 Anna Zarkoski, #3 Christina Amorose, #7 Taylor Deitrick, #8 Jessica Hollis, #9 Samantha Ostoich, #10 Rebecca Barry, #11 Amy Cooke, #12 Catherine Ostoich, #15 Liesl Schnuck, #16 Chelsea Davies, #23 Kem McDonald
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The first half was full of plenty of corner opportunities, but nothing in the back of the cage as both teams stifled any possible scoring chance for each other's offensive attack.
- The second half was much different with VCU pressuring the Spiders back line and drawing two corners in the first seven minutes of the second half.
- VCU would capitalize on the second corner when senior Kelsey Scherrer was set up by classmate Chelsea Hill and junior Steph DeMasi for her 13th goal of the year, giving the Rams a 1-0 cushion.
- Richmond would respond seven minutes later when Taylor Deitrick deflected in a pass from Rebecca Barry off a penalty corner to even the score at 1-1.
- The teams would battle back-and-forth over the next 10 minutes before the Spiders drew a controversial penalty stroke in the 58th minute. Barry would convert on the stroke to give UR a 2-1 advantage.
- Just over two minutes later, Barry struck again when she put home her second goal of the game off a rebound from a shot off the stick of Amy Cooke.
- VCU would threaten with two more penalty corners, but the Spider back line was able to stifle any scoring opportunity and preserve the 3-1 lead.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Rams 9-4 record is still the best start in school history through 13 games.
- Scherrer's goal in the 42nd minute was the 50th of her career, making her the first Ram to ever accomplish that feat.
- DeMasi's assist on Scherrer's goal was the 20th of her career, which moves her into a tie for sixth-place on the all-time assists chart.
- VCU heads back on the road to face one of the toughest teams in the A-10, the Minutewomen of UMASS. Game time on Sunday is set for 1 p.m.