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The Docket: Week of 10/22/18

The Docket: Week of 10/22/18

Ahhhhhhh. The Docket for October 22nd, 2018 is quite a doozy with season finales and an A-10 Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal on home turf! Clear up that calendar with the following sporting events taking place this week on the Docket.

VCU Women’s Soccer: A-10 TOURNEY TIME! 🏆

A 4 match winning streak heading into the A-10 tournament is something that’s gotta make the Rams feel good in training this week. VCU Women’s Soccer started the week with a 5-0 thrashing at Rhode Island followed by a Senior Day 4-2 victory over La Salle. Four consecutive wins put VCU at 9-1 in A-10 play to take the 2⃣ seed.

VCU will have home-field advantage in their A-10 Quarterfinal match versus #7 George Washington. The top four teams host a quarterfinal match on campus sites then the tournament moves to Baujan Field in Dayton for the Semi-Finals and Final next week.

There are multiple teams capable of winning the tournament. From the unbeaten top seed in #1 Saint Louis down to the underdog in #8 Dayton, an upset could be brewing. George Washington heads into Sports Backers Stadium after losing 2-0 to Saint Louis in their season finale. Rams versus Colonials goes down on a Saturday night in RVA. Get Rowdy for the Quarterfinals. ⚽️

A-10 Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal

Saturday, October 27th: #2 VCU vs. #7 GW (7 PM at Sports Backers Stadium, 📺: ESPN +)

VCU Field Hockey: Celebrate Good Times! RAM ON!

After a 3-1 win over Lock Haven, VCU Field Hockey hosted #14 Wake Forest for Senior Day in their final home game of the season. There was a party on Cary Street Field as the seniors celebrated with their teammates in a 3-1 upset over the Deamon Deacons. Emily McNamara scored twice on the day and broke her own VCU scoring record for goals in a season with 22 goals. 🙌

Field Hockey is at the final week in conference play and VCU has locked up their place in the A-10 Field Hockey tournament. With the top four teams advancing, VCU currently sits in second and could finish no worse than third place.

TEAM RECORD
1) Saint Joseph’s 6-0
2) VCU 6-1
3) UMass 5-2
4) Saint Francis (PA) 4-3

The season finale is a favorable one at Davidson (1-5) on Friday. The Wildcats have lost their last 5 games and are 3-7 at home this year. The stage is set for VCU to gain some momentum heading into tournament play. 🏑

Friday, October 26th: VCU at Davidson (5:30 PM)

VCU Volleyball: Victory After Victory After Victory!

This may be a new season for VCU Volleyball yet the results have some similarity to last year’s success. VCU is now up to TEN! consecutive wins after hoisting the title as the Alpha Ram defeating Rhode Island (3-1) and Fordham (3-0) on the road. As an extra bonus, VCU has won 2⃣5⃣ straight matches against A-10 teams since 2016. My oh My!

Coming up this week is a match that will have an impact on the A-10 standings. VCU defeated Dayton 3-1 on the road back in September and that broke the Flyers’ home winning streak at 34 straight A-10 matches. That result gave the Rams sole possession of first place and hasn’t changed since present day.

On Friday is the rematch inside the Siegel Center between VCU and Dayton. Smooth sailing for the Rams if VCU gets the win while Dayton goes back to level terms with a road victory. Following that clash is Saint Louis on Sunday in VCU’s second homestand over the weekend. 🏐

Friday, October 26th: VCU vs. Dayton (7 PM at Siegel Center, 📺: CBS 6.3)

Sunday, October 28th: VCU vs. Saint Louis (1 PM at Siegel Center)

VCU Men’s Soccer: One and Won!

Senior Night at Sports Backers Stadium had an offensive burst of play from VCU which led to a good result versus George Mason. The Rams outstruck the Patriots 17-10 on the night with Jared Greene and Simon Fitch knocking the back of the net in a 2-0 Black & Gold victory.

Two matches remain for VCU Men’s Soccer until A-10 tournament time. Heading into the week, the Rams have locked up their tournament spot and could secure the top seed. VCU has some breathing room in first place with Davidson and Rhode Island losing last week.

TEAM RECORD (PTS)
1) VCU 5-0-1 (16 PTS)
2) Davidson 4-1-1 (13 PTS)
3) Rhode Island 4-2 (12 PTS)
4) Fordham 3-2-1 (10 PTS)

VCU get back on the road one last time this season on Saturday at Dayton (2-3-1, 7 PTS). Both teams won their last two matches however the Flyers are fighting for one of the last spots in the A-10 tournament. A rejuvenated Dayton squad in need of points versus a VCU herd aiming for first place. Should be a physical clash of A-10 comrades at Baujan Field. ⚽️

Saturday, October 27th: VCU at Dayton (7 PM)

VCU Men’s Basketball: Black & Gold Tidbits

So the Black & Gold scrimmage went down at the Siegel Center in celebration of VCU Basketball inching closer and closer to a return. The game was a fun time as Ram fans (myself included) watched as returning Rams took the court along with some fresh faces in the ranks.

Here are some notes from my perspective:

*P.J. Byrd’s fro is incredible along with his playstyle at guard

*So much potential for Sean Mobley beyond Siegel Center’s roof

*Marcus Santos-Silva is a lean & mean rebounding machine

*Corey Douglas: Stamina Monster, Great Teammate

*Turnovers still a work in progress

*HAVOC? The Return??!?

Don’t take what went down on Saturday so seriously though. After all, it was scrimmage amongst the boys. I’m excited with what I saw and Coach Rhoades expressed more excitement post-game with great commentary on his squad. He’s also a big Stromboli fan; journalism right? Anywho, VCU hits the court for their open door exhibition versus Virginia-Wise next week! 🏀

Annndddd that will do for the Docket this week! Good luck to the Rams and come on out with the Black & Gold fandom in support from the stands! Another GO RAMS to Women’s Soccer in their A-10 Quarterfinal match at Sports Backers Stadium. Stay tuned to VCUSports.com and follow us on Twitter while hitting the Like button on Facebook. Thank you kindly and #LetsGoVCU 🐏

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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