VCU Field Hockey celebrated the careers of 5 seniors in their final of the 2016-17 season at Cary Street Field. The Rams honored Krystal Meyers, Kelsey Hideshima, McKenzie Bowler, Kaylee Maunz, and Sydney Weise for their contributions to the program. The Black and Gold sent their seniors off with a final victory of 3-0 over Missouri State.
The first half of the match saw a scoreless back and forth between the Rams and the Bears. Both teams went after a first goal with Missouri State taking 5 shots and VCU goalkeeper Chessa Kownurko racking up 3 saves while leading scorer Emily McNamara took 3 shots which were all deflected by Bears goalkeeper Megan Drew. The teams headed into the half with a 0-0 draw.
Action escalated quickly in the second half when Emily McNamara scored 2 unassisted goals in just over 1 minute of play. McNamara stole the ball at the top of the circle and sent it in far post in the 42nd minute and followed it up by collecting the ball off the keeper, dribbling around Drew, and hitting it straight into the goal just over a minute later putting the Rams up 2-0. Senior McKenzie Bowler added one more assist to her VCU career sending the cross to McNamara who produced a third goal for the black and gold.
The Rams dominated offensive possession in the second half with 13 shots and 3 goals. The Bears only had 3 shots and Kownurko added an additional 2 saves to end the game with 5 saves and a clean sheet for her final match of the season. Kownurko produced 114 saves for the Rams this season. McNamara’s 3 goals give her a total of 18 this season and double her freshman production of 9 goals.
Incremental improvement for this team as they tally a 7-11 record besting 2015-16’s 6-12 overall and 2014-15’s 5-13 finish. We look forward to seeing what this group can do next season.
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