VCU Field Hockey was rewarded for their work this season as the Rams qualified for the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship. The Rams finished conference play at 6-2 in 3 way tie for 2nd place with UMass and Richmond.
The #2, #3 and #4 seeds were broken down by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker among VCU, UMass, and Richmond. The Minutewomen took the #2 seed with defeating both the Rams and Spiders earlier this season. VCU collected the #3 seed with a win over Richmond and a loss to UMass. Richmond rounded the bracket as the #4 seed.
Saint Joseph’s won the Atlantic 10 regular season title and the #1 seed with a 7-1 record during conference play. The Hawks fly into tournament play with a 16-3 overall record.
What A Turnaround!
Head coach Stacey Bean has done wonders for VCU Field Hockey in her first season at the realm. The Rams currently sit at 14-5 overall; 14 wins are the most for this program since 1992. In a complete 360, the Black & Gold turned last year’s 7-11 finish in the A-10 into 6-2 and a post-season birth.
VCU brings the 2nd best scoring offense into the A-10 tournament; 54 total goals this season overall for the Rams and 26 of those were scored during conference play. Emily McNamara leads the A-10 in goals (21), points (51) and shots (127).
Chessa Kownurko has the 3rd best Goals Against Average (GAA) at 1.35 with 65 saves and 6 shutouts for the Rams. As a team, VCU averaged the third best GAA at 1.38.
A Rematch in the Semi-Finals
Awaiting the Rams in the A-10 Semi-Final is #2 Massachusetts. The Minutewomen enter the tournament as the two-time defending champion in search of the triple. UMass has won the A-10 Field Hockey Championship 7 times since 2007. VCU fell to Massachusetts 4-2 back on October 6th at UMass.
VCU enters tournament play on a 4 game winning streak. 3 of those 4 contests were A-10 matches where the Rams outscored their opponents 15-4.
The Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship will take place at Galdchuk Sports Complex in Amherst, Massachusetts. #2 UMass vs. #3 VCU is scheduled for 2 PM start on Friday, November 3rd.