BOSTON, Mass. – Sometimes the breaks just don't go your way and unfortunately for the VCU Field Hockey team, that's how their Sunday afternoon went.
In a back-and-forth match, the Black & Gold found themselves on the short side of a tough, defensive battle against Northeastern, falling 2-1 and dropping to 1-3 in Colonial Athletic Association play.
"I'm proud of the way we bounced back and showed a lot of heart against a very talented Northeastern team," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "We showed up today and put together some good hockey, but unfortunately the breaks just didn't go our way."
Most of the contest was played in the midfield with just 24 shots combined tallied on the afternoon, only 10 of which were on target.
Northeastern, who boasts the nation's leading scorer in Crystal Poland, found the scoreboard first when Kristin Wirtz squeezed in her second goal of the season in the fourth minute to give the Huskies an early 1-0 advantage.
Junior Meg Neylon would answer for the Black & Gold when she took a self-start into the circle and blasted a shot past Northeastern keeper Lizzie Priest to even the score at 1-1.
The Huskies would answer right before halftime when Annie Clayman took a pass from Christine Tase and found the back of the cage to score what turned out to be the decisive goal.
The second half was a defensive battle with just nine shots and four corners registered.
VCU became just the second team all year to keep Poland off the stat sheet, as the Preseason Player of the Year was held to just four shots on the afternoon.
The Rams hit the road once again next Friday when they head up I-64 to take on the Dukes of James Madison in a 7 p.m. showdown.