Last week was full of victory after victory after victory for the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University. With multiple VCU teams sitting pretty in the Atlantic 10 standings, here is the Docket for the week of September 24th, 2018!
Enjoy A Recap!
VCU Men’s Soccer: Monarchs Silenced, Zips Ahead
This week should be a fun one on the training grounds for Men’s Soccer. The boys put in work versus #20 Old Dominion to win the derby 4-0 at Sports Backers Stadium😁. VCU made their breakthrough and the Monarchs could not stop the barrage of goals.
Now sitting on the upside of .500 at 4-3 overall, VCU prepares for their final non-conference match against Akron. A usual lock-in team for the NCAA Tournament in the Zips has not looked tournament ready in the early stages of the season. Akron is 0-3-1 versus top 25 ranked teams thus far.
Akron did score a 10-0 victory over Canisius. That’s right…🔟 Goals to Zero. The Zips also defeated Pittsburgh and come into this contest on a 2 match winning streak. After that clash, VCU travels to La Salle for their first Atlantic 10 match of the season. More goals and more victories is what Ram fans are hoping to see the week. ⚽️
–Wednesday, September 26th: VCU vs. Akron (7 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
-Saturday, September 29th: VCU at La Salle (7 PM)
VCU Volleyball: Home Cooked Hat-Trick! 🏆
They say “home is where the heart is” and VCU Volleyball took that literally in competition at the Siegel Center last week. First up was a 5 set thrill ride versus James Madison that the Rams won 3-2. Following that was the beginning of A-10 Play and a pair of 3-1 victories over La Salle and Duquesne.
After the team collected their own hat-trick of three consecutive wins, VCU sits atop of the A-10 standings at 2-0 alongside Dayton. Which is where the Rams envisioned they would be at to defend their crown. 👑
Right now VCU Volleyball has tapped into the depth of their squad. Vicky Giommarini is still killing that ball and now she has Jasmin Sneed and Gina Tuzzolo joining the fray consistently. Julia Adler and Tori Baldwin are tall enough at the net to block however the two of them together are becoming a brick wall of defense against teams.
In addition, Dajah Ard and Tyler Sroufe are setting up VCU nicely. The two junior setters combined for 49 assists against Duquesne. Alyna Draper stepped up as a freshman libero and played very well in her two first starts for the Black & Gold. VCU hits the road this week at Saint Louis (0-2) then an A-10 Championship rematch at Dayton (2-0).
–Friday, September 28th: VCU at Saint Louis (7 PM)
–Sunday, September 30th: VCU at Dayton (1 PM)
VCU Field Hockey: Queens Of VA
So Field Hockey has hit their stride at the perfect time. VCU started the week with a 7-2 rout over Richmond at Cary Street Field. The Rams followed that with a 3-2 upset over #11 Old Dominion. That was VCU’s first win over a ranked opponent since 2009 (vs. #17 Iowa)! And to think that wasn’t the only upset at Norfolk last weekend. Hmm…🤨
Anywho…VCU Field Hockey is sitting pretty at 5-3 overall and 2-0 in A-10 play. An extra bonus is that VCU has outscored their opponents 2⃣6⃣-5⃣ in their last four matches. That is AMAZING!!!
How are the Rams doing this so well? Emily McNamara leads the charge with 16 goals on the season as VCU’s centerpiece. Alongside her is Shannon Pereira scoring 6 goals and Miate Strum putting up 4. There are 7 Rams on this squad that has scored a goal.
Besides scoring, VCU also has a good defense and goalkeeper in Sasha Elliott. Elliott is averaging .583 saves per contest and recorded one shutout. She also is doing well in communicating with her defenders from the back.
VCU is feeling good and playing good heading into a new week of action. Saint Francis (PA) (2-0) awaits the Rams in an A-10 Battle for First followed by a trip to Bucknell on Sunday. 🏑
–Friday, September 28th: VCU at St. Francis (PA) (3 PM)
–Sunday, September 30th: VCU at Bucknell (1 PM)
VCU Women’s Soccer: A-10 Dark Horse?
It was Atlantic 10 opening week for Women’s Soccer and VCU went 2 for 2 in the W column. The Rams started at St. Bonaventure with a 3-0 win over the winless Bonnies. Following that was a 3-1 win over George Mason in a match full of drizzle, goals, and grit by VCU.
In the preseason A-10 poll, VCU was picked to finish in 5th place. Currently, the Rams sit in a 4-way tie for 1st place at 2-0 with 6 points. Head coach Lindsey Martin believes that this VCU team has the mentality of a true competitor in the Atlantic 10. If that mentality stays strong, VCU will “head in a great direction” according to Martin.
With a 7-2 overall record, VCU is running right along on the right side of results. Winning 3 consecutive matches and heading into two matches this week as the favorite to win both. Women’s soccer starts the week on the road at Dayton (0-1-1) and returns to Sports Backers Stadium for a duel versus Duquesne (0-1-1).
–Thursday, September 27th: VCU at Dayton (7 PM)
–Sunday, September 30th: VCU vs. Duquesne (2 PM, Sports Backers Stadium)
Good luck to our VCU squads as they prepare for another week of competition. Hoping for victory after victory after victory once again this week! #LetsGoVCU 🐏