#2 VCU made their first trip to the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship game in school history. The Rams faced-off against the top-seeded Saint Joseph’s who was ranked #10 nationally and the defending A-10 champions. Both teams gave each other their best with only one goal deciding who would hoist the silverware.
Shots On Lockdown
The first half was mostly a defensive standoff with limited chances on goal. Svea Sturm took VCU’s first shot and the ball spun wide of the goal. Bentley Zabicki fired a shot 5 minutes later that was saved by SJU’s goalie Vicotria Kammerinke.
After Joey Helder was shown a green card, Saint Joesph’s was rewarded two consecutive penalty corners but no goal. On the other end, VCU was working on finding a breakthrough over Saint Joe’s defense. In the final seconds of the 29th minute, the defending champions broke through the Rams.
Hawks Take Advantage
Kathrin Bentz collected the ball off the penalty corner and found Helder near the post. Helder got her stick on the ball and tipped it by Sasha Elliott for the opening goal. 1-0 for the Hawks at Ellen Ryan Field had the team and their fans feeling good at halftime.
VCU’s leading scorer Emily McNamara got her offense going in the 2nd half. McNamara struck two shots on target that were saved by Kammerinke. Saint Joesph’s stay composed and fired back on Elliot in goal but the VCU goalie made the necessary saves.
A Successful A-10 Title Defense
Lauren Kaup saw a yellow card in the 47th minute. Both teams made substitutions to stay energetic during the final minutes of the 2nd half. Helder was shown a yellow card after an SJU foul in the 60th minute.
For the final 27 minutes of the game, VCU was held down without a shot attempt. Saint Joseph’s embraced each other as the Hawks won the A-10 Field Hockey Championship with a 1-0 win over VCU at Ellen Ryan Field.
Saint Joseph’s outshot VCU 9-5 and had 5 penalty corners. Sasha Elliot made 5 saves against the Hawks. VCU Field Hockey finishes the 2018 season at 12-7 overall.