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Nascar Race Richmond Raceway

It’s no secret that nascar has lost a big part of their old fanbase due to their ticket prices increasing throughout the past few years. At richmond International Raceway on Saturday, one could clearly see the stadium was not as packed as it used to be. However, that did not stop the fans who did go from having an incredible experience at the track. The new renovations started to make the facilite a lot nicer than before with new fan entertainment areas. More improvements are to come in the fall.

At the race or not, the sports community was on the edge of their seats to see if one of Nascar’s most hated or loved drivers, Kyle Busch, would take home his third straight first place finish. Busch has always been a stud in Richmond, with four wins going into the race. On the other end of things, the number 8 car would be making a return for the first time since Dale Earnhardt Jr. However, this time Daniel Hemric would be making his major league debut in his first major race ever in the monster energy series.

An early start time would have the pace car lead the drivers around for lap one of four hundred at 6:46 eastern time. The first car out would be Martin Truex Jr. He started off with a lead of over one second in front of the second place car. However, at the end of stage one, Joey Logano was out in front with the 78 car, Truex Jr, back out at 9th.

It was 100 straight laps of racing for the fans in attendance at Richmond International Raceway. No crashes that would cause a yellow up to this point. It seemed like the fans in attendance were more into the race at a faster pace. Right after stage one, Kurt Busch seemed to be in control. He was out in front significantly before Joey Logano overcame and took his second stage win of the night.

After a good pitstop, Martin Truex Jr., the favorite of the night to win, came back into second place with just 108 laps to go. With 47 laps to go, the first collision caused yellow flag came waving down. Ryan Blaney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Cole Whitt all collided causing to slow down the fast pace race. The green flag came back down with 22 laps to go and somehow Kyle Busch, who has always been known as one of the best short track racers, was out ahead. With just ten laps to go, Aric Almirola causes a crash with takes himself out. Martin Truex Jr. tries to make some final adjustments on his car but a bad pitstop causes him to fall back to 9th place. After doing everything right, a race with almost no cautions in it completely ended up ruining Truex’s night with some last minute mishaps. This wouldn’t be the last of the yellows with one more happening with four to go. It would not matter however, Kyle Busch decided not to risk it with a pit stop and proceeded to win his third race in a row and his fifth all time at Richmond. Chase Elliot finished with his 8th second place finish.

Eventually, the cheers overcame the boo’s for Kyle Busch as he continues to put his name in the victory books. Unfortunately for Martin Truex Jr., it was not as good of an experience. It will be interesting to see in the fall to see if some of these drivers, who had a top 5 finished ripped away from them, enact their revenge.

VCU Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s

VCU Struggles in A-10 Home Opener

VCU’s tough start to the lacrosse season continued at Cary Street Field on Saturday, where the Rams fell to the St. Joseph’s Hawks, 18-7.  VCU now sits at 2-8 on the season, 0-2 in conference play, while St. Joe’s moves to 5-5, 1-1 in conference play.

The game was close initially, with Claire Murphy evening the score at 1-1 within the first four minutes of the game.  St. Joe’s then went on a six goal run, one of a handful of four or more goal runs that the Hawks had during the game, which gave them a lead that they would not give up.  One bright spot for the Rams was Sky Hyatt, who scored twice during the game, a team high. The Rams trailed 10-3 at the half, before St. Joe’s opened the second half with another six goal run to put the game completely out of reach.  Ria Peralta made six saves in the game for the Rams, who did not give up despite the deficit as Hyatt and Ayana Gordon added two of the four second half goals that VCU scored.

VCU’s next game is on the road against Duquesne on April 6th, while their next home contest is set for April 13th at Cary Street Field against George Washigton.

VCU Volleyball vs. Dayton

Rams remain undefeated in the A-10

By: Adrian Manzano

​The Volleyball game against Dayton was an exciting one. Both teams are working their hardest in this nerve-wracking game to remain in first place in the A-10. It was one of those games where you could not figure out who will win.

VCU started off with a rocky start by losing the first set 25-20, but soon picked up the pace in the second set winning 25-23. They later won the third set 25-18 and nearly taking the fourth until Dayton began to bounce back from their two set loses with a 25-22 victory. The fifth set was a nail biter until VCU earned 15 points and won the set and the game. They improved to 25-2 on the season and 11-0 in the A-10! They face La Salle on Friday the third. Dayton falls to 18-7 on the season and 9-1 in conference play.

VCU Men’s Soccer vs. Rhode Island

VCU’s Men’s Soccer Team defeated Rhode Island 2-1

By: Roland Haka

The first half was a frustrating one for the Rams. VCU held the majority of possession throughout the half but couldn’t create many chances to score. Rhode Island’s defense was well organized. Rhode Island capitalized off their strong defensive performance in the half by scoring on a corner kick from Tyler Dickson’s header in the 28th minute.

In the second half VCU came out much more aggressive in the final third, creating 16 shots compared to the two they had in the first half. A pass from Siad Haji in the 65th minute lead to a Rafael Andrade Santos shot in the low left corner for his 8th goal of the season, tying up the game at 1-1.

VCU nearly had a chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute when Travis Cooke’s shot hit the crossbar. After many attempts that VCU had to take the lead they finally made a breakthrough in the 78th minute. Francesco Amorosino scored his eighth goal of the season as his shot, assisted by Rafael Andrade Santos, ended up in the low right corner of the net to give the Rams a 2-1 lead late in the match.

Rhode Island nearly equalized in the final minute as a goal-line clearance was needed to secure VCU’s 2-1 win. VCU’s A10 record is now 6-1-0, while their overall record is 10-4-0. They play their next game on Wednesday at St. Bonaventure.

VCU Volleyball vs. Saint Louis

VCU reaches 21 straight wins

By: Brandon Shillingford

​ ​The Rams cruised to their 21st straight win against the Saint Louis Billikens, 3-0.  Sophomore Vicky Giommarini led both of the teams with 12 kills. The Rams were able to shake off a sluggish starts in the second and third sets behinds late set rallies led by Tori Baldwin and Gina Tuzzolo.

VCU now improves to 24-2 on the season with not only a 10-0 home record, but also a 10-0 conference record. On Sunday, the Rams will face the Dayton flyers at home with hopes to stretch their big win streak to a colossal 22.

VCU Field Hockey vs La Salle

Field Hockey earn big win over La Salle

By: Jack Laudano

VCU’s Field Hockey team beat conference opponent La Salle 7-0 on Sunday.

The Rams came out strong, with junior forward Emily McNamara scoring at the 11 minute mark and then again at the 22nd minute. Shortly after the restart of McNamara’s 2nd, Jamee Albright scored her first goal of the day, and followed it up only a couple of minutes later with a 2nd goal forcing La Salle to take their one timeout of the match.

Right as the match was nearing halftime, Spencer Tossone scored to extend VCU’s lead at the half to 5-0. The Rams were more than pleased with their overall team performance, as their defense was electric along with the rapid goal scoring efforts from McNamara and Albright.

At the start of the 2nd half, the Rams picked up where they left off as McNamara got her third goal of the match. That goal brought McNamara’s season total to 19 goals that is one shy of the VCU record for goals scored in a season. McNamara made a strong case to earn A-10 player of the week honors, as this was her second hat trick of the season against a conference opponent.

The Rams held their opponents well defensively for the remainder of the match, and with only a minute remaining Svea Sturm added to the tally with a goal of her own. The match ended 7-0 in favor of the Rams. The team heads to St. Louis this week for one last road game before their season finale Sunday at Cary Street Field.