VCU Field Hockey had a captive audience at Cary Street Field for their match against William and Mary. It’s been an uphill battle with a 6-11 record this season but you wouldn’t have known it watching today. The Ram offense tested the Tribe early and was able to keep up an aggressive pace during the match. The black and gold struck early with their first goal before the 3rd minute when Emily McNamara played the ball across the top of the circle and Spencer Tossone finished it off to give the Rams a 1-0 advantage. The Tribe stepped up the pace and found an equalizer courtesy of Cammie Lloyd.
The William and Mary goal re-energized VCU and the Rams turned up the pressure. The Rams answered and took the lead once again when Krystal Meyers sent the ball to Emily McNamara to give VCU their second goal of the match. Jamee Albright added an assist when she played the ball to Lauren Kaup. The Rams were up 3-1 until the Tribe turned around 2 goals in 3 minutes to tie it back up just before the buzzer.
VCU struck first offensively once again in the second half when Lauren Kaup played the ball off a rebound. Less than 5 minutes later William and Mary found an equalizer to tie it up 4-4 in the 46th minute. The Rams battled for another offensive victory but the Tribe came up with a 5th goal when Emma MacLeod found her way around the goal keeper and drove it into the net. Despite a great offensive effort VCU was unable to find another goal and fell 5-4.
What a quick glance leaves out is the quality of play both offensively and defensively exhibited by the Rams during play. Yes, the final result was a 5-4 loss, but the Rams scoring percentage was 50% overall and 100% during the first half. They took 8 shots and tallied 4 goals during the game while the Tribe took 10 additional shots and only came up with 1 more goal. Also VCU has a powerhouse of a goalie protecting the net. Chessa Kownurko produced 7 saves to the Tribes 2 including a sweet slide and block in front of the net.
This is a team to watch and you’ve got 2 more chances to catch them in action at home before the end of the season. VCU takes on St. Louis on 10/28 at 6pm and will celebrate Senior Day on 10/30 at 12pm when they take on Missouri State in a non-conference game to close out the season.
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