Score: VCU 4, Saint Joseph's 1
Records: VCU (12-5, 3-3 A-10), Saint Joseph's (4-14, 1-5 A-10)
Location: Cary Street Field - Richmond, Va.
The Short Story: The Rams got one step closer to a Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament berth with the help of a hat trick from senior Kelsey Scherrer en route to a dominating 4-1 victory over Saint Joseph's. VCU has the chance to lock up a bid to the conference tournament with a win over Saint Louis on Sunday.
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
SAINT JOSEPH'S STARTERS: #81 Kate Mitchell (GK), #5 Jordan Martin, #6 Sara Kolobielski, #7 Eva Gekas, #10 Shannon Mcneill, #11 Leigh Deininger, #12 Nicole Gerdes, #13 Meghan Githens, #15 Rachael Brosious, #18 Jordan Cotter, #26 Abby Hoover
How it Happened:
- Playing just their second home game in a month, the Rams showed they were happy to be home right away when senior Kelsey Scherrer delivered a beautiful dish to classmate Arialle Hess, who blasted a shot into the bottom right of the cage to take a 1-0 lead less than 90 seconds into the contest.
- VCU wasn't satisified with just a one-goal cushion. Less than four minutes later, the Rams capitalized on their first corner of the game when freshman Kendall Farino set up Scherrer for a rocket past Saint Joe's keeper and a 2-0 lead for the Black & Gold.
- The pressure would continue throughout the first stanza from VCU, unleashing 10 shots and drawing six corners, while holding the Hawks to one shot and one corner in the first 35 minutes.
- It appeared the Rams would take a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Scherrer apparently wanted to give VCU an extra boost, as she took a pass from classmate Chelsea Hill and deposited her second goal of the day into the back of the cage with less than 30 seconds in the half.
- Saint Joseph's showed they weren't going to go easily with early pressure right after the intermission, drawing two penalty corners in the first 10 minutes.
- The Hawks finally broke through in the 44th minute when Nicole Gerdes found the back of the cage to get within 3-1.
- VCU would turn things around and Scherrer put the exclamation point on her big day when she spun around Saint Joe's defenders and rifled a shot past the Hawks' keeper to give the Rams a 4-1 advantage.
- Saint Joe's would try to put together a late rally, but redshirt junior Megan Botteri was there to stifle any opportunity and preserve the victory for the Black & Gold.
Beyond the Box Score:
- The 12 wins on the year ties for the fourth-most victories every by a Rams squad. The win record is 16 by the 1992 squad, with the 2010 and 1990 teams posting 13 victories.
- After posting double-digits wins just once in a span of 17 years, VCU has now done it twice in the past three seasons
- Scherrer's 16 goals is the third-highest single season total in VCU history. She is now just four points away from the single-season points record of 44, held by Carlot Verloop (2004).
- Chelsea Hill's assist increased her career-high to eight assists on the year. She now ranks ninth all-time on the career assists list with 18.
- VCU now sits at 3-3 in the conference, tied for fourth in the A-10 standings. A victory over Saint Louis on Sunday secures an A-10 Conference Tournament berth
- The Rams wrap up their regular season with a visit from the Billikens of Saint Louis University. VCU will celebrate Senior Day, honoring their six seniors prior to the contest. Game time at Cary Street Field is set for 12 p.m.