RICHMOND, Va. – Senior forward Kelly Graves and senior goal-keeper Audrey Sanderson have been named as Atlantic 10 Conference Co-Players of the Week.

Graves earned the distinction as Offensive Player of the Week after recording 2 goals and an assist in wins over Dayton and Duquesne respectively. Sanderson was selected as Defensive Player of the Week after recording six total saves over the weekend.

A strong weekend for Graves opened with an assist on the Rams first goal against Dayton in the 13th minute. She followed that up by scoring a goal on a shot to the near post in the 84th minute of the same game to extend the lead to 3-0. Her stellar play continued on Sunday, when she scored the equalizer on a back-heel forcing the match into overtime. Graves has compiled 4 goals on the season, ranking inside the top-10 of the Atlantic 10 Conference and second on VCU's team.

Sanderson recorded her fifth clean sheet of the season in Thursday's 4-0 win over Dayton, making two saves. She followed that up by recording four saves in a double overtime victory against Duquesne. Her biggest save of the weekend came in the 97th minute of overtime in that game. Duquesne's Tori Kopchak fired a close range shot to the bottom right corner that Sanderson kept out of the net with a diving save. The save kept VCU alive in a game they would eventually win 2-1. 

VCU has now won six matches in a row, including all four of their A-10 matches, bring them to 4-0 in conference play and 9-2 on the season overall.

Sanderson and Graves look to continue their solid play this season when the Rams welcome Davidson to Sports Backers Stadium this Thursday, Oct. 4.

September 27, 2018 RAMS FLY HIGH OVER DAYTON