Rams drop heartbreaking 4-3 overtime decision at Kent State

The Basics

  • Score: Kent State 4, VCU 3 – 2 OT
  • Records: VCU (0-1), Kent State (1-0)
  • Location: Kent State Athletic Complex - Kent, Ohio
  • The Short Story: Sophomore Jamee Albright found the back of the cage twice and freshman Emily McNamara tallied three points on the afternoon, but it wasn't enough as the VCU field hockey team dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision in double overtime at Kent State on Saturday afternoon.
How It Happened
  • The Rams would come out aggressive, firing off 10 shots in the first 17 minutes, but were unable to get any into the back of the cage.
  • That was until Albright took a pass from McNamara in the 31st minute and put it home to give VCU a 1-0 lead at the break.
  • Kent State jumped out of the gates in the second half, evening the score at 1-1 less than two minutes into the half.
  • Less than two minutes after that, Albright struck again, tipping a ball into the back of the cage to give VCU a 2-1 cushion.
  • That lead lasted just over three minutes until the Golden Flashes' Alison Harmatz slid one past senior Kendall Clifton to tie things up at 2-2.
  • Kent State would ratchet up the offensive pressure in the second half, outshooting the Rams, 19-2 in the first 30 minutes of the stanza. That pressure resulted in an eventual lead in the 66th minute when Krystl Lober found the back of the cage.
  • The first overtime was evenly matched with neither team unable to scratch out a goal in 15 minutes.
  • Kent State wasted little time in the second overtime, knotting the game winner just 1:05 into the stanza.

Quotable

  • "This was a tough loss for the Rams. I'm proud of the way our team played today, but it also showed areas of play that we need to improve on for our home opener next Friday." - Head Coach Laura Baker
Up Next
  • VCU returns to Cary Street Field for its home opener on Friday, Sept. 4 when it hosts Central Michigan. Game time is set for 6 p.m.