Score: Duquesne 12, VCU 10
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field)
Records: Duquesne 4-6 (2-1), VCU 2-9 (0-3)
The Short Story: VCU women's lacrosse traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. to take on Duquesne in Atlantic 10 Conference play on Friday afternoon. The Rams duked it out, but fell short in a 12-10 loss.
- Sky Hyatt recorded her third hat trick of the season and second straight. The freshman has scored a goal in every game this season. Hyatts scooped three groundballs and won two draws.
- Clare Murphy found the net three times for her first collegiate hat trick and also won two draw controls.
- After a foul set up a free position shot for the Rams, Murphy scored her first of the day to tie the game at 1-1.
- Duquesne added another to retake the lead, but the Rams answered with four straight scores from Molly Barcikowski, Bonnie Corrigan, Sofia Emond and Murphy to gain an early 5-2 advantage.
- Corrigan's score was her first as a Ram. She won three draws and added two groundballs to her line.
- After another Dukes goal, Murphy made it a 6-3 game with her third score of the half.
- Duquesne battled back to make it a one-goal game before Hyatt padded the lead with her first. She added another just before the half to even the score at 8-8.
- Hyatt completed her hat trick in the second half. Emond also added another in the final 30 minutes of play.
- Barcikowski assisted on both goals and remains one of the nations best at setting up her teammates. The forward also won two draws and grabbed two groundballs.
- Ria Peralta has played well through her first three career conference games. The goalie has made double digit saves in each of the program's first three A-10 matchups including 13 against the Dukes on Friday. She now has 37 saves againt conference foes an average of 12.3 per game.
- Morgan Pergolini caused to turnovers on defense and picked up three groundballs.
- "My first career hat trick was pretty exciting, but with us, it is always a team goal, no matter who scores it. Our team offense set me up perfectly every time. They supported me and I could feel their energy. " – Clare Murphy
- "Our players followed our game plan, playing and executing with maturity. Breaking a stall against a senior team is not easy and our players did it well. The 50/50 balls were our struggle today. Our players know it and are not willing to settle for a close game when we had the win in our hands. Like every game that we play, a lesson was learned. The players are hungry and so are we. We look forward to meeting more of our A-10 competition in the coming weeks and show them exactly what we have learned from these first three games." - Assistant Coach Meg Decker
WHAT'S NEXT VCU remains on the road, traveling to St. Bonaventure for a Sunday, April 10th showdown with the Bonnies. Game time is scheduled for noon.