By: Sravan Gannavarapu

Blowouts are typically not associated with field hockey, but what took place between the VCU Rams and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at Cary Street Field in Richmond was just that. The Rams went full force on the birds with a 9-1 victory on September, 17th.

Early in the game both goalies were holding their own, but early in the first period, the Rams sprinted off the line and never looked back. Star forward Emily McNamara took matters into her own hands and just blasted a shot into the net for a quick 1-0 lead and before the Blackbirds had an opportunity to catch their breath, freshman Svea Sturm slapped another shot in to make it 2-0. Sturm didn’t waste a single minute slapping in another one shortly afterward to make it 3-0 with her 2nd of the match. The Blackbirds were clearly outmatched and before they could blink again Jamee Albright joined the party and tacked on a goal to make it 4-0 with 16:37 to go in the first period. The Rams didn’t show any mercy as Maite Sturm, the young freshman midfielder made a name for herself by scoring a goal that made it 5-0. McNamara however, decided she needed another goal before the half to make it 6-0 VCU at the end of the half.

By that time, the athletics department had thrown many t-shirts to the fans for each goal scored and people wondered just how many more could these ladies score. It didn’t take long in the second period for the onslaught to continue. Sturm struck for the third time and McNamara decided that she needed a hat-trick as well and made it 8-0 VCU. Junior forward Colleen Rogers then slapped the final goal in for VCU to make it 9-0 and the Blackbirds hit a last second shot to avoid a shutout. The final score of the game was 9-1 VCU but it easily could have been more for the Rams.

The win improved VCU’s record to 6-1 on the season and the LIU Brooklyn dropped to 0-8 on the season.