DRAGONS DEFEAT RAMS IN HEARTBREAKING CAA SEMIFINAL, 3-2

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Virginia Commonwealth University saw its magical 2010 season come to an end when Kim Tunell's goal off a penalty corner four minutes into overtime gave 16th-ranked Drexel a 3-2 overtime victory in a Colonial Athletic Association semifinal Saturday at Buckley Field.

"I've been saying it all year of how proud I am of these girls," said VCU Coach Kelly McQuade. "The end of the season absolutely showed how much heart we have. It was a tough fight, a great game. One of the best games I have seen us put together. So it is good to end on that high note. It's just sad to see the seniors go."
 
The Rams, playing in their first CAA Tournament since 2003, grabbed a 2-0 first half lead, only to watch the top-seeded Dragons rally for the win. Drexel advances to the CAA Championship match on Sunday, Nov. 7, where it will meet Old Dominion. VCU finished the season 13-7, its second-most victories in program history, and the school's best mark since 1992.
 
Sophomore Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) staked the Rams to a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when she dribbled in front of the cage and fired a shot to the back left corner of the goal. 
 
VCU pushed to a 2-0 margin 12 minutes later when sophomore Chelsea Hill (Virginia Beach, Va.) fired a shot towards the goal that was knocked away by the Drexel keeper. However, freshman Rachel Whitt (Fredericksburg, Va.) ran onto the rebound and tipped the ball into the cage for her fourth goals of the season.
 
Drexel finally answered with a goal in the 12th minute when Susan Ciufo converted a pass from Sanguinetti about ten feet out that was lifted up to hit the middle of the net. 
 
Susann Ciufo dented VCU's advantage in the 25th minute, when she converted an assist from Sofia Sanguinetti. The Rams were still clinging to a 2-1 lead until the 48th minute, when Megan Keller scored on a penalty corner from Elizabeth Koch.
 
Drexel outshot VCU, 13-12, while the Rams controlled a 7-5 edge in penalty corners. The match was a physical battle that resulted in two green cards for the Rams and one for the Dragons. 
 
"We will just put it on our list of things for rebuilding the program and taking us to the next level," McQuade, the CAA's 2010 Coach of the Year, said. "We are getting there. We are definitely showing the hockey world that we are here."
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