RICHMOND, Va. – NCAA semifinalist and intra-state rival Virginia, as well as Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion highlight the 2011 VCU Field Hockey Schedule, released Thursday.

The Rams, coming off a CAA Tournament Semifinal berth, open their 2011 slate on Saturday, Aug. 20 against Radford at Cary Street Field. The regular season kicks off on Friday, Aug. 26 when VCU meets Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. at 4 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2008.
VCU will open its home schedule on Saturday, Aug. 27 when it hosts Appalachian State on the Cary Street Turf at 2 p.m. The Rams will host cross-town rival Richmond on Sept. 9. VCU's 2-1 overtime victory over the Spiders last season sparked a 13-win campaign.
Non-conference dates with Big Ten stalwarts Northwestern (Sept. 2) and Penn State (Sept. 18), Albany (Sept. 3), Davidson (Sept. 11), Longwood (Sept. 15), Pacific (Oct. 9) and Columbia (Oct. 16) also highlight the schedule.
The Rams open CAA action on Sept. 23 against Towson at Cary Street Field at 7 p.m. Home contests with Drexel (Sept. 25) and Delaware (Oct. 30) are also of note. The Black and Gold will take on defending league champion Old Dominion on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Norfolk, Va.
Led by fifth-year Head Coach Kelly McQuade, the Rams are coming off a 13-7 campaign, the school's best since the 1992 season. The 13 victories represent the second-most in program history. VCU returns All-CAA forward Kelsey Scherrer (Chesapeake, Va.) as well as the bulk of its starting lineup.


Aug. 20: RADFORD (Scrimmage), TBA
Aug. 26: at Virginia, 4 p.m.
Aug. 27: APPALACHIAN STATE, 2 p.m.

Sept. 2: at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Sept. 3: vs. Albany (at Northwestern), 1 p.m.
Sept. 9: RICHMOND, 5 p.m.
Sept 11: DAVIDSON, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: LONGWOOD, 6 p.m.

Sept. 18: vs. Penn State (at James Madison), 1 p.m.
Sept. 23: *TOWSON, 7 p.m.
Sept 25: *DREXEL, 12 p.m
Sept 30: at *Hofstra, 3 p.m.
Oct. 2: at *Northeastern, 2 p.m.
Oct. 7: at *James Madison, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: PACIFIC, 12 p.m.
Oct. 16: at Columbia, 1 p.m.
Oct. 21: at *William & Mary, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: at *Old Dominion, 1 p.m.
Oct. 30: *DELAWARE, 12 p.m.

Home matches in BOLD and played at Cary Street Field

* - Denotes Colonial Athletic Association match

August 29, 2010 LATE CORNER DOOMS VCU, 2-1