Rams Record Program's First A-10 Win, Defeat Bonnies 18-11

Score: VCU 18, St. Bonaventure 11
Location: Bonaventure, N.Y. (Mara Athletics Fields Complex)
Records: VCU 3-9 (1-3 A-10), St. Bonaventure 3-9 (1-3) 

The Short Story: VCU women's lacrosse defeated St. Bonaventure 18-11 on Sunday afternoon to record the first Atlantic 10 Conference victory in program history. Sofia Emond led the Rams with a career-high five goals, including three unanswered scores to close out the first half.

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Chloe Mujwit scored less than two minutes into the contest to tie the game 1-1. Mujwit added two more goals for her first career hat trick.
  • After the Bonnies took a two-score adantage, Emond scored her first to pull the Rams closer at 3-2.
  • St. Bonaventure answered with two more to make it a three-goal game.
  • Emond retaliated with her second and assisted Blaire Langeler to pull the Rams within one at 5-4.
  • Clare Murphy and Molly Barcikowski followed with back-to-back goals as the Rams took a 6-5 lead on four unanswered scores. Murphy collected her first career hat trick at Duquesne on Friday and added her second on Sunday.
  • The Bonnies scored an equalizer less than a minute later to tie the game once again.
  • Sky Hyatt regained the lead in the 24th minute with her first of four in the game. Hyatt joined roommate Mujwit with a hat trick. She has recorded three or more goals in three-straight games.
  • Emond netted her third of the day with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to pad the VCU lead. The freshman scored twice more with less than 30 seconds on the clock to put the Rams on top 10-6 at halftime.
  • Hyatt and Mujwit scored back-to-back goals to open the second half. Mujwit added her third, minutes later, making it a 13-7 contest.
  • Murphy scored back-to-back goals as VCU built a 16-9 lead over the Bonnies.
  • Mackenzie Galli added a score and Hyatt capped off the victory with her fourth as the Rams picked up the program's first conference win.

OFF THE DRAW

  • Emond scored five goals on six shots, adding four groundballs and winning two draws.
  • Murphy scored three more goals on Sunday to give her back-to-back hat tricks this weekend, the first two of her career. She also scooped three groundballs and won two draws.
  • Hyatt added four scores and won five draws. She leads the team with 29 goals this season. 
  • Olivia McGrath won seven draws and caused three turnovers.
  • Kelly Flint and Morgan Hoff each caused two turnovers on defense. 
  • Ria Peralta made five saves.

QUOTABLES

  • "We came together as one today. We decided we would not be satisfied with another loss in conference play and we after it full throttle. I could not be more proud of my team." – Sofia Emond
  • "We made history today! We are so proud of our team, winning our first ever A-10 game. We really want them to enjoy this moment. There is no question that Jen was here with us in spirit; cheering them on every step of the way. We are looking forward to getting back to work this week." - Assistant Coach Tara Coyle
  • "I am so proud of our girls' effort this whole weekend. In both games they executed our game plan and played like we have seen them practice all year. I am glad all of their work has paid off in the form of our first A-10 win! My assistant coaches (Meg, Tara and Liz) did an amazing job leading the group this weekend and I am so appreciative of them covering for me while I wait for the newest member of the VCU Lacrosse family to arrive!" - Head Coach Jen O'Brien

WHAT'S NEXT VCU returns to action on Friday, April 15 when it takes on the Davidson Wildcats in Davidson, North Carolina. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m.