Rams Nearly Erase 9-Goal Deficit, Fall 12-10 to Titans

Score: Detroit 12, VCU 10
Location: Detroit, Mich. (Titan Field)
Records: VCU 2-4, Detroit 1-4

The Short Story: VCU women's lacrosse nearly erased a 9-goal deficit in the second half against Detroit on Friday, but the Rams could not complete the comeback, falling 12-10. Molly Barcikowski, Sofia Emond, Sky Hyatt and Megan Williamson each scored two goals in the game. 

OPENING TIP

  • Emond is averaging two goals through VCU's last four games.
  • Hyatt, the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week, followed up her nine goal performance with two more against the Titans. She now has scored 12 goals in the Black & Gold's last three games and has scored a goal in every game this season. Hyatt leads VCU in goals this season.
  • Barcikowski recorded hat tricks in back-to-back contests last weekend and just missed the mark again on Friday. The freshman trails fellow Carroll County native Hyatt by one for the team lead in scores. 
  • Williamson also recorded a hat-trick in Sunday's win over Campbell and added two more against the Titans.
  • Mackenzie Galli and Morgan Pergolini each added two scores in the game. Galli has scored in each of the last four games for the Rams.
  • VCU's defense shut the door on Detroit in the second half, keeping the Titans off of the board for the final 20 minutes of play to allow VCU a chance to pull off the comeback.
  • Freshman Jodi Enfield replaced Ria Peralta in net to start the second half. After allowing four goals, Enfield settled in and shutout the Titans the rest of the way. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Rams trailed 8-3 at halftime and quickly found themselves down by nine.
  • After four-straight goals from the Titans to open the half, Emond found the net to kickstart the Ram's 7-0 run in the final 20 minutes of the game.
  • Less than a minute late Emond assisted Barcikowski for a 12-5 score. 
  • A minute later, Barcikowski added her second of the day and Emond answered with her second to cut the lead to five.
  • Williams goal in the 47th minute brought the Rams withing four. Neither team scored for another eight minutes as both defenses refused to relent.
  • With five and a half minutes remianing Pergolini recorded her first score of the season. 
  • At the five minute mark Hyatt made it a two-score contest with her second goal of the game.
  • VCU seemed poised to complete the comeback, but the Titans would not yield another score as time ran out on the Rams.

QUOTABLE

  • "We proved to ourselves today that no matter what the score is, we are never out of a game. We are fighters. As coaches we can do a lot with a never say 'die' group like we have. We were competing against the clock in the second half, in addition to a determined Detroit Mercy team, and in the end, we just ran out of time." - Head Coach Jen O'Brien
  • "Fortunately, we have little time to dwell on the loss as we have to immediately shift our focus and prepare for Cental Michigan, another first year program. We need to be a little more disciplined with our possessions and limit fouls defensively on Sunday." - Head Coach Jen O'Brien

WHAT'S NEXT

  • VCU will stay in state and travel to Central Michigan for a showdown with the Chippewas (2-2) on Sunday, March 13. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.