After Hurricane Florence did a euro-step/spin move around the Commonwealth mixed with a hesitation, this upcoming week of competition looks green for VCU. The weather won’t be as pleasant on the eyes but the Docket has a handful of games that want your undivided attention. Plus, Atlantic 10 conference play is HERE!!! Check out the Docket for the week of September 17th, 2018!
VCU Field Hockey (3-3): That 🔥 Offense Tho!
Last week VCU Field Hockey rocked the competition like a hurricane; shout out to the Scorpions 🌀. Hurricane Florence spared the Rams from canceling their matches over the weekend and the Black & Gold outscored both opponents 16-1 in total.
A-10 conference play started with a BANG! against Saint Louis in a 7-1 win for the Rams. Emily McNamara set a new VCU school record for career goals and points in her first goal and scored four in total.
The goals would keep pouring in for the Rams against Towson last Sunday. VCU dominated the Tigers 9-0 for their largest shutout since 1992 (9-0 vs. Georgetown). Multiple goal scorers, a 35-4 shooting advantage and an unbeaten weekend. Sunday was a good day to be a Ram.
This week is deemed a rivalry week as VCU Field Hockey takes on Richmond and #21 Old Dominion. The Rams are cooking offensively and show no signs of simmering down heading into a new week. 🏑
–Friday, September 21st: VCU vs. Richmond (3 PM, Cary Street Field)
–Sunday, September 23rd: VCU at #21 Old Dominion (1 PM)
VCU Women’s Soccer (5-2): One More W Before A-10 Commences!
Howard vs. VCU was canceled on the pitch so the Rams had only one match on Sunday at William & Mary. In their final non-conference match, the Rams held control over the Tribe with possession and taking 2⃣2⃣total shots on the day. Susanna Friedrichs would give VCU the 1-0 win off her first collegiate goal in the 57th minute. Not a bad way to start a scoring career than with a game-winning goal.
As a collective unit, VCU has taken 8⃣4⃣ total strikes thus far this season and scored 9 goals. Head Coach Lindsey Martin has molded this team to take more chances while also maintaining possession of the ball and it’s working. Heading into conference play at 5-2 overall has this Rams squad feeling like they can compete at a high level in the Atlantic 10.
Speaking of the A-10, the Black & Gold take on a winless St. Bonaventure (0-5-4) followed by George Mason (5-3) this week. Lace up them boots accordingly. 👟⚽️
-Thursday, September 20th: VCU at St. Bonaventure (7 PM) (📺: ESPN+)
–Sunday, September 23rd: VCU vs. George Mason (2 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
VCU Volleyball (4-7): A Time To Recover & Rebound
Inclement weather could work in favor of VCU Volleyball from the previous week. The Rams only match of the week was a 3-0 defeat at Virginia Tech. In that match, Tori Baldwin became VCU’s all-time block leader with her 435th career block. Vicky Giommarini and Gina Tuzzolo had good performances but it wasn’t enough to derail the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Plans were changed for the Rams with the VCU Invitational being canceled due to Hurricane Florence. A long weekend turned into a couple days of much needed R&R for VCU Volleyball. Coming into a new week fresh off a rest period, the Rams play one more non-conference match before starting A-10 play this weekend at the Siegel Center. 🏐👐
–Monday, September 17th: VCU vs. James Madison (6 PM, Siegel Center)
–Friday, September 21st: VCU vs. La Salle (7 PM, Siegel Center)
–Sunday, September 23rd: VCU vs. Duquesne (1 PM, Siegel Center)
VCU Men’s Soccer (3-3): Aim to Break .500 in Derby
Fortunately for VCU Men’s Soccer, the Rams did not have any scheduled matches over the weekend during the severe weather fiasco. There was physical warfare in VCU’s last match versus Pittsburgh at home. 6 yellow cards were given during the match and Pitt scored an early goal to defend their way to a 1-0 road win.
So far during a challenging schedule, VCU being at 3-3 isn’t where the Rams envisioned they would be but it’s not a bad spot either. After getting wrecked at #4 Indiana then following the Pittsburgh defeat, VCU now prepares to defend their house against the Monarchs. Old Dominion (4-1-1) has won their last two contests.
Expect a war on the pitch between ODU and VCU. Not just because they are rivals either; both teams aren’t afraid of contact and ready to scrap for possession. The Rams haven’t scored a goal since early September and look to bounce back at home this week. ⚽️🤯
–Wednesday, September 19th: VCU vs. Old Dominion (7 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
And that will do it for the Docket this week! Good luck to the Rams this week while repping the Black & Gold proudly in competition. You’ve got options this week from the Stu to Sports Backers and Cary Street; come on out and cheer your Rams on! #LetsGoVCU 🐏