Final Score: VCU: 2, UMass: 1
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: VCU: 9-6-3 (4-5-2), UMass: 9-5-3 (6-3-1)
THE SHORT STORY
VCU rounded out its season with strong senior performances and two second-half goals that lifted the Rams to a 2-1 victory on Senior Day at Sports Backers Stadium.
- VCU took a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute when senior Alyssa Tallent (Woodbridge, Va.) found the back of the net.
- Junior Emma Kershner (Centreville, Va.) added to the VCU goal total when she banged in a free kick to give the Rams a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute.
- UMass cut the lead in half 2-1 with a goal in the 90th minute.
- The Rams outshot UMass 17-14 and landed seven shots on frame.
- Junior Paige Franks (Richmond, Va.) led the way with four shots on the afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU came out of the gate hot. Senior Amanda Tredway (Downingtown, Pa.) put VCU’s first shot on frame in the fifth minute to force a save.
- The Rams had a good look in the 24th minute when Tallent played in a great ball from the left side to a waiting Franks, but the shot was just high.
- Senior Susanna Friedrichs (Midlothian, Va.) tested the Minutewomen’s keeper yet again in the 26thminute with another shot on frame and the save was made.
- The Rams continued to pepper the UMass goal with shots. Junior CiCi Fox (Fredricksburg, Va.) put yet another on frame in the 40th minute.
- VCU had outshot UMass 10-4 at the half and limited the Minutewomen to just one shot on frame that was easily handled by sophomore Brecht Haakma (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
- VCU opened the game’s scoring in the 47th minute. Junior Lyndsey Gutzmer (Henrico Va.) played a wide ball to Friedrichs who one-touched a cross into the box. Tallent was there to head the ball home for a 1-0 lead.
- The Rams wasted little time getting back on the board. After VCU earned a free kick just outside the 18, Kershner banged a free kick off the left post into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
- In the 70th minute, Haakma came off her line and stopped a streaking UMass runner to keep the Minutewomen off the board.
- UMass continued to push and got on the board in the 90th minute with a breakaway goal, but it was too little too late for the Minutewomen.
HEAD COACH LINDSEY MARTIN
“I think we showed today that we are a great team and we were just inconsistent this year with our performances and we let it get away from us. It was a great performance today and I’m really proud of how we came together after a lot of adversity and got the win today. I certainly wish our seniors well as they move on to future endevors. They have been awesome for us.”
VCU’s fall season comes to a close with a 9-6-3 record while going 4-5-2 in Atlantic 10 play.
Police Investigating Death of VCU Freshman
The Richmond Police Department is leading the investigation of this incident and VCU Police Department is assisting.
Saturday morning around 9:15 Richmond Police were called to the 100 block of West Clay Street for the report of a person down. Officers arrived and found Oakes down and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim was identified as Adam Oakes age 19.
RTD is reporting that Oakes was the victim of hazing by the Delta Chi fraternity.
Oakes visited a house in the 100 block of West Clay Street on Friday night, where he was given a handle of Jack Daniels whiskey and told to drink, White said.
As part of the fraternity’s rush ceremonies, he was blindfolded, causing him to run into a tree and hit his head, said White, who has spoken with the police and people who attended the event. Onlookers helped him into the house, where he lay down on a couch on his side and was left to fall asleep, she said. In the morning, he was found lying face down, and police were called.
Officials from VCU, the Richmond Police Department and Delta Chi’s national organization said they were unable on Sunday evening to confirm or deny the details of White’s account.
VCU has suspended the Delta Chi fraternity and Delta Chi headquarters issued the following statement to 8News:
We were devastated to learn of the passing of a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and extend our condolences to the family, friends and everyone touched by this heart-breaking news. The health and safety of our chapter communities is always a top priority for The Delta Chi Fraternity, which suspended the VCU chapter after learning of the incident late Saturday afternoon. We encourage all members to cooperate with law enforcement investigative efforts and all directives of the University Administration.
VCU issued this Twitter statement on Sunday.
VCU mourns the death of student Adam Oakes.
This is a tragic loss for Adam's family and members of our community and we encourage any students in need of support to contact University Counseling Services at (804) 828-6200. pic.twitter.com/WiroQSQDpy
— VCU (@VCU) February 28, 2021
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PHOTOS: Inside VCU Engineering’s new $93 million research building
The College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University officially opened its Engineering Research Building this week, marking a major milestone in the college’s growth in research and workforce development programs.
The College of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University officially opened its Engineering Research Building this week, marking a major milestone in the college’s growth in research and workforce development programs. The four-story, 133,000-square-foot facility significantly expands the college’s laboratory capacity for advanced research. It also supports economic development initiatives and hands-on engineering education.
The grand opening ceremony took place virtually and featured a ribbon cutting by university leaders, the architects and construction crew, and greetings from elected officials, including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and members of the community. The event culminated with a tour of the building and grounds.
“This brave new space is going to serve as part of a bold, advanced innovation corridor for VCU’s College of Engineering,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., to the hundreds of audience members who attended via Zoom. “It’s a great place where diverse talents will meet with the common goal of advancing humanity through practical, state-of-the-art, compassionate solutions to important problems. It’s a place where the future will be invented.”
Noting that more than 90% of VCU’s engineering students are in state, and more than 75% of the college’s graduates make their careers in Virginia, Rao added that “this great new facility affirms the fact that VCU’s College of Engineering is the commonwealth’s engineering school.”
The Engineering Research Building extends and connects the building shared by VCU Engineering’s East Hall and the VCU School of Business’ Snead Hall. The fully equipped Collaboration Hub and Innovation Courtyard, expected to be the social heart of the complex, are designed to knit together the three buildings in an open, light-filled space.
“The [Engineering Research Building’s] design creates a vibrant, flexible home for expanded public-private partnerships in VCU Engineering research. Construction of the $93 million building was funded by taxable bonds, which allows VCU Engineering to collaborate closely with industry to conduct translational research. This also supports the college’s mission to train students in real-world engineering, often alongside industry professionals,” said Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., the Alice T. and William H. Goodwin Jr. Dean of VCU Engineering.
“When you have the opportunity to be in here and look out the windows, you will see students from engineering, art and business sitting together with their faculty. They will come up with new ideas, get their laptops out, create new inventions, build new companies,” Boyan said. “I think that speaks well to the bedrock of our foundation. We were begun as a public-private partnership, and our students will be the workforce, throughout Virginia — and they are educated in an atmosphere that partners industry with universities every step of the way.”
The design also features specialized workspaces. One of the most notable is the Innovation Maker Facility, a makerspace supported by a donation from Altria and equipped with resources for hands-on prototyping and creative, experiential learning.
The look of the Engineering Research Building continues the VCU Engineering tradition of modern buildings with architectural details from past eras of engineering advancement. Engineering West Hall’s ziggurat, pyramid and post-and-lintel doorways refer to ancient Babylon and Egypt, while East Hall’s tower and rounded arches suggest the Renaissance. The Engineering Research Building’s red-brick and cast-stone construction and its roofline with updated smokestack forms recall the 19th-century dawn of industrial engineering. The building’s focal point, the rounded “spaceport” at the corner of Cary and Belvidere streets, gives a nod to future innovation.
“It just gives you a feeling of what engineering is all about,” Boyan said. “It’s solving problems. The whole engineering way of thinking is captured in this building.”
Richmond-based architecture firm Baskervill was the executive architect. Boston-based firm Goody Clancy served as design architect and Richmond-based Smith + McClane was consulting architect. Richmond construction management firm Kjellstrom + Lee Construction built the Engineering Research Building, which is being financed by investments from the state, VCU and private support.