Score: UMASS 3, VCU 0
Location: Garbey Field - Amherst, Mass.
The Short Story: The Rams traveled north to take on a red-hot UMASS squad that was coming off a victory over top-ranked Syracuse earlier this week. Unfortunately for VCU, the Minutewomen stayed hot on Sunday afternoon, finding the back of the cage three times and keeping the Black & Gold at bay en route to a 3-0 win.
VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #12 Melanie Marotta, #16 Arialle Hess, #17 Meaghan Neylon, #19 Kacie Yang, #23 Haley McBee, #24 Nicole Barry
UMASS STARTERS: #70 Sam Carlino, #2 Kate Heineman, #3 Kim Young, #7 Alexa Sikalis, #10 Callie Sweigart, #11 Hannah Price, #14 Lauren Allymohamed, #15 Thando Zono, #17 Molly MacDonnell, #22 Noralie Weusthuis, #23 Nicole Cordero
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Minutewomen came out aggressive, scoring just 4:40 into the contest when Kim Young found the back of the cage off through a scrum of players.
- VCU would settle in and test the UMass defense throughout the first half, unleashing five shots on goal in the stanza.
- With time winding down in the first half, the Rams nearly evened the score up with near goals from Kendell Combs, Haley McBee and Chelsea Hill, but the UMass defense was able to clear each of the opportunities to keep the score at 1-0 heading into halftime.
- Much like the first half, the Minutewomen got on the board early into the second half with Callie Sweigart scoring her first goal of the season just 9:06 after the intermission.
- A back-and-forth pace of play would lend its way to another UMass goal with just under 10 minutes to play, with Alyssa Ineson tallying the goal off an assist from Renee Suter.
- VCU tried to build a late rally, but the Minutewomen were able to stifle any scoring chance and preserve the 3-0 win for the home team.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The contest marked the 10th match away from home for VCU with the Rams traveling nearly 4,000 miles since the start of the season.
- The 9-5 mark equals the best start in school history, tying the 1992 squad that still holds the record with 16 victories on the year.
- Sunday was just the second time this year that the Rams were held scoreless.
Head Coach Shannon Karl
- "We played a strong first half against a talented UMass squad, but failed to do the little things well in the second half. We will have to be better in our attacking 50 and finish when we have the chances. We now turn our attention to another weekend on the road against opponents Lock Haven and LaSalle."
- The Rams head back on the road this upcoming weekend, beginning with a 3 p.m. Friday afternoon showdown at Lock Haven.