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.
Primus put on a spectacular performance Wednesday, October 25 at the National. As they exploded onto the stage with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver to a collective chanting of “Primus Sucks” by young and old fans alike, the symphony of heavy bass, cymbal crashes and drunken mirth set the tone for the rest of the evening.
The trio consists of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Larry LaLonde on guitars and Tim Alexander on drums, each member bringing their own distinct styles to the stage, blending together into a dynamic, psychedelic eruption that seems to always catch the audience off guard at every performance. This night was no exception, the band blazed through their first set, playing old favorites like “American Life” and “Too Many Puppies.” The crowd did their best to sing along, losing themselves quickly in the band’s lengthy jams and hypnotic visual imagery.
At the turn of the second set, the band stole onto the stage, dressed in druid-like garb, surrounded by artificial foliage to set the theme of their new material off “The Desaturating Seven.” The crowd found themselves entranced at the story of rainbow goblins being told over the band’s baroque instrumentals. The performance carred on through several musical transitions before closing with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” putting a satisfying end to the evening. The coming together of experienced fans of the band and those new to their uncanny style was truly a spectacle that can only reinforce the notion of good music bringing those together in such divisive times.
Hayden Molchan, WVCW
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.
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.
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.
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