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Tournament Exit, #3 VCU Falls 0-2 To #2 UMass in A-10 Semis

Tournament Exit, #3 VCU Falls 0-2 To #2 UMass in A-10 Semis

VCU Field Hockey took on two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Massachusettes in the A-10 Semi-finals. The Rams could not pull off the upset over the Minutewomen as their 2017 season came to an end at Gladchuck Field Hockey Complex.

Fairly Matched

The contest went back and forth as the contest got underway. Emily McNamara and Maite Sturm were able to break the ice 10 minutes in with shots on goal. UMass stayed strong as Sturm’s attempt was saved while McNamara’s shot spun wide.

Chessa Kownurko was tested moments later in goal for VCU. The senior goalkeeper made three consecutive saves to deny UMass in the 14th minute. Kownurko had 6 saves during the game.

Minutewomen Strike

UMass broke through with the opening goal as Melanie Kreusch released a shot that had a friendly deflection to roll pass Kownurko. With a 1-0 lead, the Minutewomen quickly searched for a second with multiple shot attempts. Kownurko denied UMass with back to back saves and kept the score 1-0 as halftime arrived.

In the 2nd half, the Rams nearly found the equalizer. McNamara took a chance that was blocked before hitting the net. Alaina Madeline nearly broke through on a VCU penalty corner, however, UMass got a stick on the ball beforehand.

An End To A Memorable Season

The Minutewomen doubled their lead in the 50th minute. Courtney Oscal took a shot on frame for UMass; Grace Hogan changed the direction with a deflection as the ball hit the back of the cage.

VCU continued battling from behind until the final buzzer. #2 UMass advanced to the Atlantic 10 Championship game with a 2-0 win over #3 VCU.

VCU finished their 2017 season with a 14-6 overall record and 6-2 during conference play. 14 wins are the most for the VCU Field Hockey program since 1992.

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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