RAMS’ SEASON CONCLUDES WITH 5-0 LOSS TO RICHMOND IN ATLANTIC 10 SEMIFINALS
Score: #16 Richmond 5, VCU 0
Record: VCU (13-6), Richmond (16-4)
Location: Garber Field – Amherst, Mass.
The Short Story: The Rams' magical season came to a close on Friday morning at the hands of a red-hot Richmond squad that entered the day winners of 10 straight. The top-seeded and 16th-ranked Spiders jumped out to an early lead and never looked back on their way to a 5-0 victory.
VCU STARTERS: #1 Megan Botteri (GK), #2 Kelsey Scherrer, #4 Stephanie DeMasi, #5 Emilie Soares, #6 Kendall Farino, #7 Chelsea Hill, #12 Melanie Marotta, #16 Arialle Hess, #19 Kacie Yang, #23 Haley McBee, #24 Nicole Barry
RICHMOND STARTERS: #00 Anna Zarkoski (GK), #7 Taylor Deitrick, #8 Jessica Hollis, #9 Samantha Ostoich, #10 Rebecca Barry, #11 Amy Cooke, #12 Catherine Ostoich, #15 Liesl Schnuck, #16 Chelsea Davies, #17 Jackie Gyger, #23 Kerri McDonald
How it Happened:
- The red-hot Spiders got on top early when Rebecca Barry found the back of the cage just five minutes in to take a 1-0 lead.
- VCU would keep Richmond off the board for much of the first half, until Barry struck again in the 30th minute when she ripped a reverse shot into the back of the cage to send the Spiders into halftime with a 2-0 lead.
- Richmond added three more goals in the second half to take home the 5-0 win and move on to the Atlantic 10 Championship game.
Beyond the Box Score:
- With virtual the same roster as last year (only two departures from last year's squad), the Rams completely reversed last year's record, going from 5-13 to 13-6.
- The 13 wins is the second most in VCU Field Hockey history, equaling the total of the 2010 and 1990 squads. The record continues to be held by the 1992 team who tallied 16 victories.
- Five of VCU's six losses this season came to teams ranked in the top-20 nationally
- After posting double-digits wins just once in a span of 17 years, VCU has now done it twice in the past three seasons
- Kelsey Scherrer finishes as the program's leader in career points (130), career goals (53) and tied for the career lead in assists (24). Her 41 points and 16 goals this year rank as the third-highest single-season totals in program history.
- The six seniors on this year's squad finish their careers as the winningest class in 20 years for the Black & Gold, having accumulated 39 victories in their four years.