In preparation for its inaugural season, the VCU Women's Lacrosse team had four competition days this fall. The Rams began their fall season at Old Dominion where they competed in the ODU Fall Play Day against Campbell and Longwood. The team returned home to Cary Street Field to host William & Mary and Longwood in their Fall Play Day.
During the latter half of the fall season, VCU hit the road again, this time for the Mason Lax-a-palooza. In Fairfax, the Rams picked up wins against Robert Morris, George Mason and Mercer. Head Coach Jen O'Brien and her team concluded their first fall season with the VCU Round Robin, with the Rams winning all three of their games (Longwood, American, and Radford).
"Our team goals for the fall were to outwork every opponent, have fun, and improve from the first day to the last day," said Coach O'Brien. "We definitely accomplished all of our goals and then some."
Like any new program gaining that experience at a high level is a crucial part of the preseason.
"We finalized positions and were able to get everyone plenty of experience at the D-I level. We are most experienced on the defensive end and deepest at the midfield position. Our offensive end is the most competitive and we have several players who bring different qualities that will all help the team," O'Brien said.
Leadership is an important value for VCU Athletics to instill in all student-athletes that don the Black & Gold. Coach O'Brien has integrated her own form of a leadership squad with her team.
"Our leadership system for this year was in the form of squads and squad leaders with Bonnie Corrigan, Sky Hyatt, Morgan Pergolini and Megan Williamson serving as squad leaders. Our leaders, along with our other returning players, set the tone on and off the field, and helped the new players adapt to our high expectations."
VCU's inaugural season begins on February 14 at Cary Street Field against Gardner-Webb. The Rams' schedule includes 11 games in the Commonwealth with seven of those being at home.