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. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • "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


  • 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.