RAMS BEAT UMASS, ADVANCE TO FIRST A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Score: No. 2 VCU 3, No. 3 Massachusetts 2 (2 OT)
Location: Philadelphia, Pa.
Records: VCU (12-6, 7-1 A-10), UMass (10-10, 6-2 A-10)

Short Story: After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Rams ultimately held off a Minutewomen rally to advance to the program's first Atlantic 10 Championship match since joining the league.

KEY STATS

  • Emily McNamara, the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year, scored two goals. She added to her already nation-leading total as she now has 27 goals on the season. McNamara also had a game-high 10 shots including six shots on goal.
  • Litiana Field scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime period. She also added an assist on McNamara's second goal.
  • Maite Sturm recorded one assist and had two shots.
  • Shannon Pereira had an assist.
  • Sasha Elliot made six saves in the cage for the Rams.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • McNamara got VCU on the board early as she scored in the 9th minute. Pereira fed the ball into McNamara from the top of the circle and McNamara was able to turn her defender and score from close range.
  • The Rams made it 2-0 in the 28th minute after Maite Sturm fed in a penalty corner to Field. Field pulled the ball back and passed across to McNamara who's shot beat the keeper.
  • UMass cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 40th minute as Lucy Cooper intercepted a pass and scored.
  • The Minutewomen tied the game 2-2 in the 52nd minute as Courtney Ocasal scored on a rebound.
  • Field scored the game-winning goal on a penalty corner after Sturm's insert.

UP NEXT

VCU plays for the Atlantic 10 Championship against No. 10 Saint Joseph's, also the No. 1 seed in the A-10, at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.

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