RAMS COMPLETE COMEBACK WIN OVER DUQUESNE

Final Score: VCU 13, Duquesne 10
Location: Richmond, Va. (Cary Street Field)
Records: VCU 5-5 (1-1 A-10), Duquesne 2-8 (0-2)

The Short Story: The Rams trailed the Dukes 5-1 with four minutes left in the first half before outscoring Duquesne 7-2 over a 16 minute span to take an 8-7 lead with 18:36 left in the game. VCU would push its lead to 12-8 with 5:17 left and held off a late Duquesne rally. 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Jessica Del Rossi scored a game-high six goals on just eight shots. Del Rossi went 1-of-1 on free position shots.
  • Ria Peralta had 12 saves in the cage for VCU.
  • Sky Hyatt scored two goals on four shots with a team-high four caused turnovers, three draw controls and two ground balls.
  • Isabella Evans-Riester, Jenn Nonn, Keriann McTavish and Molly Barcikowski each scored one goal for the Black and Gold.
  • Clare Murphy tied with Barcikowski for the team-high in assists, each of them with two.
  • Duquesne had a slight 27-26 edge in total shots while VCU led in ground balls 23-19.
  • The Rams went 3-of-4 on free position attempts while the Dukes were just 1-of-3.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The two teams were locked in a defensive battle for much of the first half as Duquesne jumped out to a 5-1 lead with four minutes left in the first stanza.
  • The Rams got goals from Nicole Morris and Keriann McTavish to cut the deficit to just 5-3 at halftime.
  • Del Rossi scored first out of the break to get within 5-4 before Duquesne scored two goals in less than two minutes to lead 7-4 with 25:36 left.
  • The Rams would then score the next four goals and take their first lead of the contest at 8-7 on an Evans-Riester goal with 18:36 remaining.
  • Duquesne tied it up at 8-8 just less than four minutes later but another four goal run by the Rams push their lead to 12-8 with 5:17 remaining.
  • VCU's defense held Duquesne to two goals in the final 14:53 of the contest to earn the victory.
WHAT'S NEXT 
VCU will travel to La Salle on April 7 at 7 p.m. to face the Explorers.
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