NORFOLK, Va. – For 35 minutes, the VCU Field Hockey team ran stride for stride with the nation's top team.
Unfortunately, field hockey is 70 minutes and the Rams fell to top-ranked Old Dominion, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association action in Norfolk, Va.
"I'm proud of the effort we put forth in the first half, but we lost our composure in the second half," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "You can't afford to lose any sort of composure when you're playing against such a structured team like ODU. We'll get back to work this week and focus on giving our best effort against Delaware next weekend."
Old Dominion would jump on top in the fifth minute of play when Danielle Clutter found the back of the cage thanks to an assist from Kati Nearhouse.
However, the Black & Gold would tighten up and hold the Monarchs at bay until Rebecca Condie deflected a pass from Maartje van Rijswijk past VCU goalkeeper Erin Jablonski and send ODU into the halftime break with a 2-0 cushion.
The Monarchs would show why they are the top-ranked team in the country in the second half, scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes following halftime and quickly pushed their lead to 5-0.
Junior Kelsey Scherrer got the Rams on the board in the 53rd minute when she dribbled coast to coast and beat the ODU keeper to the right, finding the back of the cage for the fourth time in the past two games. It was her 36th career goal, which ties her for second all-time at VCU with Marle van Dessel.
ODU added one more goal in the 62nd minute to secure the 6-1 victory and move to a perfect 7-0 in conference play.
The Rams wrap up the regular season next Sunday when they play host to Delaware in a pivotal CAA match-up. Game time at Cary Street Field is set for 12 p.m.