Final Score: UMass 3, #24 VCU 1
Location: Baujan Field (Dayton, Ohio)
Records: VCU 12-6-0, UMass 15-3-3
The Short Story: Making their third straight trip to the Atlantic 10 title game, the VCU Rams found themselves on the wrong side of a 3-1 result to the UMass Minutemen. VCU will now await the fate of their season on Monday in the NCAA Selection Show.
- VCU outshot the Minutemen 20-10 over the 90 minutes of play.
- Francesco Amorosino would score his ninth goal of the season, while Fortia Munts would record his third assist on the play.
- Munts shined as he played 82 of the 90 minutes, filling in for Rafael Andrade Santos who did not appear for the Rams in the match.
- Peter Pearson would lead the team in shots with five, with two shots on goal. Siad Haji, Munts, and Amorosino would record three shots apiece.
- Amorosino, Haji, and Santos would all earn All-Tournament Team honors for their efforts in the last three games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Rams started out with three consecutive corner kick opportunities in the first three minutes. That would be most of the action in the game until the 13th minute when UMass got a strong look from Davis Smith.
- VCU controlled a majority of the possession in the first half, manipulating play holding UMass to only five shots during the first 45 minutes of play. The score would stand 0-0 into the half.
- UMass got on the board first in the 55th minute, as Matthew Mooney finished off a pass from Conrad Gorich as VCU failed to clear a ball from the 18. Gorich would head the ball over across the box to Mooney who would finish low left on Mario Sequeira.
- Pearson would play a strong few minutes between the 55th and 58th minute, as he had multiple looks at the net.
- As play would break their way, VCU tallied the equalizer in the 70th minute, as Amorosino would get a nice ball in from Munts, shooting low right corner to tie things up at 1-1.
- VCU would continue the offensive onslaught, putting up multiple shots with no results.
- The Minutemen would take the lead for good in the 77th minute, as Davis Smith scored for a 2-1 lead, while Alex Desantis put on the cushion in the 83rd minute on an assist from Smith.
VCU will await their fate on Monday afternoon during the NCAA Selection Show. The Rams will look to return to the big dance for the first time since 2012. The show will kickoff at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.