Final Score: La Salle 15, VCU 11
Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (McCarthy Stadium)
Records: VCU 5-6 (1-2), La Salle 5-6 (1-2)
The Short Story: VCU jumped on the Explorers early and built a 5-2 lead with 12:29 remaining in the first half but but six unanswered La Salle goals gave the explorers a 8-5 lead with 2:35 left before halftime. The Rams trailed 8-6 at halftime and despite remaining close, they were unable to get the margin back within two goals for the remainder of the game.
- Sky Hyatt scored a team-high four goals on just six shot attempts. She also had a team-high three ground balls.
- Keriann McTavish scored two goals and tied with Sofia Emond for a team-high two assists.
- Jessica Del Rossi scored two goals for the Rams.
- Molly Barcikowski had a goal and an assist while Elisa Solomon scored one goal.
- La Salle held a slight 29-28 advantage in total shots and a 23-22 margin in shots on goal.
- Both teams were perfect on clear attempts with VCU going 7-of-7 and La Salle going 12-of-12.
- The Rams only went 3-of-10 on free position attempts while the Explorers went 3-of-8.
- Ria Peralta made eight saves in the cage for the Black and Gold.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams scored the first three goals of the contest after Molly Barcikowski scored the opening goal from a Sofia Emond assist 40 seconds into the game.
- Hyatt scored the second goal unassisted before McTavish scored the third goal off another Emond assist to put VCU up 3-0 with 26:56 left in the first half.
- The Rams built a 5-2 lead with 12:29 remaining before the Explorers reeled off five consecutive goals.
- The Explorers eventually led 8-5 before a Hyatt goal cut the deficit to 8-6 at halftime.
- La Salle scored the first two goals out of halftime to build a 10-6 lead but Del Rossi scored with 22:07 left to get the Rams back within three goals.
- The two teams traded goals as La Salle led 11-8 with 16:27 left but the Explorers pulled away scoring four of the next five goals.
- La Salle held their biggest lead of the game at 15-9 with 2:37 left in the contest.
- The Rams scored the last two goals of the game to cut the deficit to the 15-11 final.
VCU will host George Mason at 1 p.m. on April 9 at Cary Street Field.