- Score: VCU 2, Radford 1
- Records: VCU (5-6), Radford (3-8)
- Location: Cary Street Field – Richmond, Va.
- The Short Story: Senior Stephanie DeMasi became the all-time leader in assists and the VCU Field Hockey team used two second-half goals to defeat Radford, 2-1, on Friday evening. It was the Rams' third win the past four games. Classmate Emilie Soares scored the decisive goal in the 58th minute off a feed from Nicola Breeman.
How It Happened
- VCU came out aggressive, earning two corners and firing five shots on goal in the first 10 minutes, but Radford keeper Sydney Encarnacion continued to turn the Rams away to keep the game scoreless.
- The Highlanders settled in and the game was played mostly in the midfield for the final 25 minutes of the first half with not many chances on either end.
- That changed quickly in the second half as Radford found the back of the cage just 31 seconds into the second half as Sydney Myrdal found Marianna Parker right in front to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.
- VCU responded quickly, getting back-to-back corners and converting the second one off the stick of Kendell Combs. DeMasi inserted the corner to Erika Bienlien, who stopped it for Combs' blast, which tied things up at 1-1. DeMasi's assist gave her 25 for her career, which is the new program record.
- The Rams nearly took the lead 10 minutes later when Soares drove baseline and found Combs in the circle. Combs made a diving pass to freshman Alexis Schramm, who ripped a shot just wide of the cage.
- Breeman would be a spark plug in the game's final stages, forcing a save Encarnacion to make a nice save, before gathering the ball and finding Soares in front of the cage. Soares put it home to give VCU a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute.
- Breeman and the Rams continued to pressure Radford in the final 10 minutes and held off any chance of a Highlander rally to secure their third win in the past four contests.
Beyond the Box Score
- DeMasi broke the old assist mark of 24, previously held by Stephanie Whitlow and Kelsey Scherrer.
- DeMasi now has four straight years of at least five assists
- Soares has now scored five goals in the past four games. She has already set a career high with seven goals this year. Her previous high was six, which came during her freshman season.
- "I'm proud of the way we finished the game today. To go down 1-0 at the very start of the second half and then to score three minutes later was a great response and I'm proud of our girls for showing their resilience. It was a tough game, but we kept our focus and composure and ultimately came out with the win." - Head Coach Laura Baker
- VCU concludes its six-game homestand and non-conference schedule on Sunday afternoon when Appalachian State visits Cary Street Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.