Curtain Call for the Rams
VCU and Richmond squared off in each team’s regular-season finale. The Rams were fighting for a spot in the A-10 lacrosse tournament which is being hosted by St. Joseph’s. The Black and Gold needed a win in this one to head up to Philly.
The Spiders shut down VCU and their postseason aspirations during the 18-7 rout at Cary Street Field.
Tip of the Hat to Hyatt
The high point for the Rams may have come in the first 10 minutes when Sky Hyatt netted three goals and gave her team 3-2 lead.
After that Richmond went on an 11-0 run that sent a message of dominance to their Black and Gold neighbors. They shut down VCU’s leading scorer, Hyatt the rest of the way.UR out shoot VCU 33-17 including +10 margin in shots on net.
UR was able to out shoot VCU 33-17 including +10 margin in shots on net.
Nine different players recorded a goal for the visitors, including two hat tricks. Freshman Sam Geiersbach had a game high of 4 goals including Richmond’s first goal of the day and their first goal to start the second half.
Sophomore Marissa Brown was the other Spider to earn a hat trick, all three of her scores came in the first half during an 11-0 UR run.
Geiersbach’s score coming out of half ended any doubt about the outcome of the contest. She reestablished a 10-goal margin which prompted a running clock. VCU would nip the lead back under 10 to stop the clock after Jessica Del Rossi second score. Exactly 2 minutes later the Spiders bit again and proceeded to rattle off four unanswered scores to keep the clock moving.
Fight to the Finish
Despite a monstrous deficit the Rams never quit, they held Richmond scoreless for the final 10 minutes and scored the final two goals of the game.
With just under six minutes to play Freshman, Ayana Gordon recorded her first goal in her collegiate career. That drew a great reaction from her teammates and helped uplift everyone during a tough outing to end the season.
Hyatt ended her season with an impressive 44 goals to lead her team. Thanks to a pair of goal in this game, Del Rossi tied Molly Barcikowski for second on the team with 36 goals.
Second Season Lift
VCU Lacrosse ended their second campaign with a 7-10 record and 3-6 in the A10. They improved by 4 wins overall from last year. This was an important season for VCU lacrosse and an impressive one. A significant increase in win total and a generally a more competitive team showed up in year two. Year three should be another step forward for this young program.
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