RICHMOND, Va. – As kids, we're all told, "Life isn't fair," by our parents over and over again.

Unfortunately, that saying was probably thrown around at the postgame tailgate yet again by the parents of the VCU field hockey players after a tough 3-1 loss at the hands of the Towson Tigers, in the conference opener for both squads.

"It's just so frustrating because I honestly thought we put together our best two halves of the season tonight," Head Coach Kelly McQuade said. "I just wish the kids could see a result for the effort they put in, but unfortunately that's how the game is. We have to keep working and keep getting better and the results will come."

Towson, who entered the contest's winners of four straight, continued their hot streak with a goal just four minutes into the contest off the stick of Kathleen Morris to grab a quick 1-0 advantage.

But the resilient Rams would put pressure on the Tigers with close calls off the sticks of juniors Meg Neylon, Kelsey Scherrer and Arialle Hess.

Finally, in the 26th minute, the Black & Gold found the back of the cage off a corner from Steph DeMasi. DeMasi fed Chelsea Hill, who made a stop at the top of the circle to set up a blast from Scherrer, which tied the game at 1-1.

It looked like the game would head to halftime, but Towson's Katie DeFilippo flicked a pass from outside the circle and found the stick of Courtney Branco, who deflected a shot into the back of the cage to give the Tigers a 2-1 halftime cushion.

Scherrer and the rest of the Rams' offense attack would continue to pressure the Tigers, but couldn't convert on six second-half penalty corners.

Towson would cap off their victory in the 54th minute on a loose ball scramble, which resulted in a goal by JoEllen Sumego.

The Rams will look to get back on the winning track on Sunday afternoon, when they host perennial CAA power, Drexel in a 12 p.m. contest.