Score: No. 2 UMass 2, No. 3 VCU 0
Location: Amherst, Mass. (Gladchuk Field Hockey Complex)
Records: VCU (14-6, 6-2 A-10), UMass (13-7, 6-2 A-10)
Short Story: The Rams 2017 season came to an end Massachusetts scored two goals off of shot deflections, one in the 25th minute and one in the 50th minute, and were able to hold off the Rams in the A-10 Championship Semifinal. The 14 wins from the VCU squad were the most for the program since 1992 and the Rams finish in the A-10 regular season standings (T-2nd) was their highest since joining the leage.
- Kownurko made six saves in the cage for the Rams.
- McNamara led VCU with five total shots and one shot on goal.
- Maite Sturm had two shot attempts and one shot on goal.
- Alaina Madeline had one shot attempt.
- UMass outshot VCU 11-9 overall and 8-2 in shots on goal.
- The Minutewomen held a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners for the game.
- Sophie de Jonge and Grace Horgan each scored once for UMass.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes of the contest, VCU recorded the first shot of the day after earning a penalty corner in the 13th minute. Sturm had her shot attempt saved and the follow up from McNamara went wide.
- UMass then forced back-to-back saves from Kownurko in the 14th minute and again made another save just moments later off a penalty corner to keep the score 0-0.
- The Minutewomen broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 25th minute as Melanie Kreusch's shot was deflected in at the back post by Sophie de Jonge.
- Kownurko again made two big saves on back-to-back shot attempts in the 31st minute and the teams went into halftime with UMass leading 1-0.
- VCU had the first chance of the second half, earning a penalty corner that saw McNamara's shot blocked in the 37th minute.
- VCU again had a penalty corner in the 46th minute but Madeline's shot was also blocked before it could get through traffic.
- UMass doubled its lead in the 50th minute as Courtney Oscal's shot was deflected in by Grace Horgan who was waiting at the penalty spot.
- Sturm had an open look in the 54th minute but her backhanded effort went high of the cage.
- In the 59th minute, McNamara forced a save from point blank range on a pass from Svea Sturm.
- The Rams last opportunity came in the 65th minute on a penalty corner from McNamara that was again blocked.