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.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs Rhode Island

By: Adam Cheek

The VCU women’s soccer team edged the Rhode Island Rams Thursday night, scoring first and having the last word in two overtimes to add a win to their season record. Sophomore forward Niki Malancone and freshman midfielder Lyndsey Gutzmer notched goals for the Black and Gold, with Malancone putting VCU ahead and on the board first in the opening period. Gutzmer’s goal in the second overtime won the game for the VCU Rams, helping the Black and Gold win their ninth game of the season.

Only one shot was attempted on junior goalkeeper Audrey Sanderson, who, although allowing that shot past, was pressure-free the rest of the game, as the VCU offense kept the ball at the other end of the field. With only one game remaining, VCU sits at a 9-4-3 record, hoping to reach double-digit wins at La Salle on Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.

VCU Women’s Soccer vs. St. Bonaventure

This weekend the 7-4-3 VCU Rams took on the 1-13-3 St. Bonaventure Bonnies. If I had to describe this game in one word it would “Dominance”. Two minutes in and the Rams drew first blood. A hand ball inside the box gave the Rams a penalty opportunity which Senior Megan Dell converted for the first score of the game. It only took one minute for the Rams to score their second goal. A long cross from VCU’s Amanda Hallesjo, lack of communication between the Bonnie defenders, and an opportunistic Lyndsey Gutzmer led to VCU’s second score. These two early goals would set the tone for the rest of the game. The Rams dominated possession for the rest of the half which resulted in 15 total shots, 5 shots on goal and 4 corners for the Rams as oppose to zero opportunities for the Bonnies. The second half, although not as dominant as the first, was still controlled by the Rams. Probably the goal of the match occurred in 61st minute buy the Ram’s Samantha Jerabek. From 30 yards out, Jerabek shot a beautiful arcing shot that hit the upper right 90. This was Jerabek’s first goal of her collegiate career. VCU’s final goal came in the 73rd minute by sophomore Julia Suarez who connected on another cross to find the back of the net. But seconds later the Rams where caught off guard which led to the Bonnies first and only score of the game. For 90 minutes the Rams kept constant pressure on the Bonnies. They dominated possession by controlling the midfield which led to relentless attacks from the wings which led to a 4-1 win. The Rams improved to 8-4-3 on the season with 4-2-2 in the conference. VCU continues conference play this Thursday October 19 when they face the University of Rhode Island at home.

VCU Field Hockey vs. UNC

Tar Heels too much for the Rams

By Daquan Lee:

In one of their toughest contest of the year the ladies of VCU had to face of against the Tarheels of UNC. The Rams were riding high coming a two game winning streak, all that came to a halt when faced against the fierce competitors of UNC. The match started out in the Rams favor with strong stick play and aggressiveness, even getting the first shot on goal. Things took a turn for the worst once UNC was able to draw first blood on the scoreboard after a penalty shot, and as the game went on UNC capitalized off every penalty shot with a score to take a 4-0 lead. The lady rams were not deterred as they still put up a strong effort to try to make a miraculous comeback unfortunately they were only able to score but once late in the second period. Even with the loss the Rams still look to be a formidable foe for future opponents as they have two A-10 opponents on the horizon they should take this opportunity to reflect and get back in the groove they had coming in

 

Open forum addresses concerns about D.C. to Richmond high speed rail

Picture from: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/urban/richmond-va.htm

An open forum hosted by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transport helped assuage the fears local activists and community members. In its current proposal, the DRPT and the Federal Railroad Administration are considering creating two stations in Richmond for its rail from Richmond to D.C., one at Main Street Station in Shockoe Bottom and another around Broad and Boulevard in Scott’s Addition.

Whenever construction is talked about in Shockoe, local activists are concerned about the effect it could have on historical sites, such as the site of Gabriel Prosser’s execution and the Lumpkin’s Jail site. Indeed, many of the speakers expressed a preference for the Broad/Boulevard location over that of Main Street Station.

A longtime advocate for the Shockoe Memorial Park and a representative for the Defenders of Freedom, Justice and Equality, Ana Edwards spoke on the issue of building in an area so rich with history.

“There is consideration that there’s been a longstanding campaign for Shockoe Bottom Memorial Park,” Edwards said of DRPT’s efforts. “Our concern when we heard there was going to be a high speed rail coming into the city and into Shockoe was the impact it would have on what we wanted to see.”

The current two station proposal would see the area of expansion into burial grounds minimized, but would create the need for parking decks, another issue for some speakers such as Richmond resident Luca.

“I spoke with Claire during the open house and she explained to me that one of the changes would be a three story parking garage on a lot that’s slated for the proposed memorial park,” said Luca. “I guess I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact there’s all these folks here advocating for this park and a parking garage is even being considered.”

Former VCU president Eugene Trani joined those advocating for the Scott’s Addition location as the sole station, but kept his reasoning more economic.

“I’m 77 years-old so I’m not going to be here to see what happens, but I think there should be one station in the Richmond metropolitan area and it should be on Boulevard,” Trani said. “The area already has plenty of space and entertainment, and I believe just announcing the station would help the area develop faster.”

Though they did not speak during the forum, yielding the floor in its entirety to members of the public, a representative for DRPT did say they are planning to avoid all historical and archaeological sites, of which Shockoe has many.

Those unable to make it to the forum still have the option to provide comment by November 8th via an electronic form. http://www.dc2rvarail.com/contact-us

VCU Volleyball vs. La Salle

Sweet 16!

By: Ben Malakoff

The Rams volleyball team was looking for their nation leading 16th straight victory at home this past sunday against La Salle. The first set went back and forth with both teams trading points. However, about halfway through, VCU went up quickly 14-9. When the score hit 19-14, in VCU’s favor, La Salle took a timeout. The Rams ended up taking the set 25-15, hitting .364%. During the second set, the kills kept coming for VCU going up a quick 12-6. 2 kills later for the rams, La Salle took another timeout. VCU ended up winning the set 25-17 and taking a quick 2-0 lead in the match. Vicky Giommarini already had 10 kills. After the break, La Salle comes out firing, taking a quick 8-4 lead. However, the rams were not going to give up their strong start., retaking the lead 12-11. After trading points back and forth, VCU took control and won the set 25-19 and taking the match 3-0. Giommarini led her team with 12 kills. The Rams had a .307 kill percentage and improved their record to 19-2 and 5-0 in the A10. La Salle moved to 10-11 and 1-5 in the A10. The Rams look to continue their winning streak against George Washington this friday at 7.