Score: Hofstra 3, VCU 2 (Penalty Shootout)
Location: Lowell, Mass. (Wicked Blue Field)
Records: VCU (0-1), Hofstra (1-0)
Short Story: Emily McNamara scored two goals and VCU outshot Hofstra 30-4 but the Pride were able to slip past the Rams in a penalty shooutout.
- McNamara had a team-high 11 shots including eight shots on goal. She scored one goal during the run of play and the second goal off a penalty corner.
- Bently Zabicki recorded an assist.
- Maite Sturm had an assist and also took two shots including two shots on goal.
- Svea Sturm also recorded an assist.
- VCU outshot the Pride 30-4 overall and 18-4 in shots on goal.
- Sasha Elliot made two saves in her collegiate debut in the cage for the Rams.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- McNamara opened the game with a goal in the 13th minute. Zabicki passed the ball across the front of the cage and found McNamara at the back post for the tap-in goal.
- VCU applied pressure on Hofstra for the remainder of the first half and held a 14-0 shot advantage at halftime but only a 1-0 lead.
- The Pride tied the game at 1-1 as Hannah Zemaitis scored in the 41st minute as she scored off a rebound.
- Hofstra took its first lead of the game at 2-1 in the 65th minute as Cami Larsson scored on a penalty corner.
- McNamara and the Rams struck back less than two minutes later on a penalty corner of their own. Svea and Maite Sturm inserted and stick-stopped the corner before McNamara's one-time shot found the back of the net.
- The two teams headed to overtime after ending regulation tied 2-2.
- VCU outshot Hofstra 7-1 in the two overtime periods but couldn't score.
- The game ended in a penalty shootout that was won by Hofstra.
VCU will face Bryant in the consolation match of the River Hawk Classic at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 26.
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