WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – This past March, the three letters "V-C-U" became synonymous with heart, pride and determination thanks to the men's basketball team unforgettable run to the Final Four.
Those three characteristics extend way beyond the men's basketball team at VCU and the Field Hockey squad showed exactly that on Friday night. Junior Kelsey Scherrer posted her second career hat trick to lead the Black & Gold to a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory at William & Mary in a critical Colonial Athletic Association contest.
"This was true VCU hockey on display tonight," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "We were focused and ready to play tonight and you could tell right from our pre-game routine. We put on a great show and I can't tell you how proud I am of this team."
VCU came out attacking early with three shots fired in the first four minutes of action, but none were able to find the back of the cage.
However, things turned quickly as Leah Zamesnik followed her own rebound and slid a shot into the right corner of the goal to give the Tribe a 1-0 advantage in the eighth minute of action.
Exactly three minutes later, Taylor Hodge extended that lead to 2-0 as she ripped a shot into the left corner of the cage.
The Rams showed their resiliency as Scherrer forced a turnover deep in the William & Mary zone, zipped right around the Tribe goalkeeper and blasted a shot into the middle of the cage to bring VCU within one at 2-1.
With under 10 minutes to play in the first half, Scherrer struck again as she gathered a rebound on the right side of the circle and rocketed a shot into the right corner of the cage to even the score at 2-2.
The Tribe would attack in the second half, but VCU's defense would hold strong and give Scherrer one more chance to light the scoreboard.
That chance would come with just over three minutes left in the contest when Scherrer once again forced a turnover, weaved through traffic in the circle and unleashed a shot into the bottom left corner of the cage for the eventual game-winner.
"We really showed unbelievable heart and determination tonight," McQuade said. "To come back from being down two early and score three unanswered really speaks to the character this team put on display tonight."
Scherrer's three goals tonight move her into third-place on the all-time goals chart at VCU with 35 and third all-time in points with 85.
With two games left on their CAA slate, the Rams find themselves just a half-game out of the sixth and final spot in the CAA Tournament. VCU will continue their quest for that spot on Sunday when they head to Norfolk on Sunday afternoon to take on the top team in the country, Old Dominion, at 1 p.m.