RICHMOND, Va. – After a couple days of gloomy weather around the Metro Richmond area, the sun started to peek out from around the clouds on Sunday afternoon.
That could've been seen as a metaphor for the VCU Field Hockey team who ended a three-game skid with a four-goal outburst to defeat perennial CAA power, Drexel, 4-2. Sophomore Steph DeMasi and junior Kelsey Scherrer both scored two goals to lead the offensive outburst by the Black & Gold.
"This was VCU Field Hockey, this is how we play and to get this effort against such a skilled team in Drexel, is tremendous," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "I give a lot of credit to our girls for continue to work and get better every time we step on the field and it's great to see them finally get a result that we deserve."
After some back-and-forth play early, Drexel converted a corner in the 12th minute when Elise DiDonato deflected a shot from Amanda Fleischut into back of the cage to give the Dragons a 1-0 cushion.
That lead would grow to 2-0 just nine minutes later when Ashley Santee made a great diving shot off a long pass from Elizabeth Koch.
VCU's comeback effort started in the 28th minute when the Black & Gold converted a corner of their own when DeMasi chipped in a pass from freshman Kendell Combs.
The Combs-to-DeMasi connection would strike again early in the second half as the duo connected on another corner to even the score at two in the 43rd minute.
Scherrer would get into the action in the 60th minute when she sped down the field and created her own scoring opportunity, putting a rebound off her own shot into the back of the cage to give VCU their first lead, 3-2.
The junior would add an insurance goal for the Black & Gold in the 69th minute when DeMasi and Melanie Marotta set her up on another corner. It was Scherrer's 32nd career goal, which moved her into fourth-place all-time at VCU and just one away from Celly Chamberlin in third-place.
"To get a win today was great, but to do it the way we did, responding from being down two early and to score four unanswered truly shows what these girls are made of," McQuade said. "Now, we just have to continue to work and get better as we go through a tough conference schedule."
VCU moves to 3-7 on the year and 1-1 in CAA play, while the Dragons fall to 7-3 and 1-1 in conference action.
The Rams head north next weekend to take on Hofstra on Friday at 3 p.m. and Northeastern on Sunday at 2 p.m.