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.
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.
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.