RAMS POWER PAST DUQUESNE IN A-10 OPENER, 21-16

Final Score: VCU 21, Duquesne 16

Location: Richmond, Va. (Cary Street Field)

Records: VCU (4-4, 1-0 A-10), Duquesne (5-2, 0-1 A-10)

The Short Story: With the game tied 8-8 and 7:33 left before halftime, VCU scored four of the next five goals to take a 12-9 halftime lead. The Rams never trailed again and led by as many as seven goals in the second half.

QUICK FACTS

  • Sky Hyatt scored a game-high eight goals as she eclipsed 200 career points. She added two assists and six draw controls.
  • Molly Barcikowski also eclipsed 200 career points as she scored three goals and added five assists.
  • Keriann McTavish scored three goals and had one assist along with three ground balls.
  • Jenn Nonn, Clare Murhpy and Sofia Emond each scored once.
  • Murhpy, Blaire Langeler and Bella Evans-Riester and Savannah Slack had one assist.
  • VCU and Duquesne were even on total shots at 45-45 with the Rams holding a 36-29 edge in shots on goal.
  • Maddie Hart scored five goals to lead the Dukes.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU trailed early after Duquesne scored the game's first two goals to lead 2-0 with 27:13 left in the first half.
  • The Rams scored three of the next four goals to tie the game 3-3 with 21:10 before halftime.
  • After the Dukes retook the lead at 5-3 with back-to-back goals, VCU scored five of the next six to take an 8-6 lead with 9:34 left in the first half.
  • The game was again tied at 8-8 but VCU took a 12-9 lead into halftime after scoring four of the final five goals in the half.
  • VCU held off Duquesne in the second half, notching a lead as big as 19-12 with 11:39 remaining. The Dukes got no closer than six goals the rest of the way.

WHAT'S NEXT

VCU travels to Massachusetts for a 1 p.m. draw on March 24.