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The season didn’t go quite as planned for the women’s team but the finished on a high note on Sunday.

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Official VCU Summary

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.

QUICK FACTS

  • 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.”

WHAT’S NEXT

VCU’s fall season comes to a close with a 9-6-3 record while going 4-5-2 in Atlantic 10 play.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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PHOTOS: Neighbors in the Fan socialize at a safe distance during weekly ‘#PorchSolidarity Parties’

Neighbors in the Fan have found a creative way to socialize during this time of social distancing, and do it from the comfort – and safe distance – of their own porches. Reader Rachel Scott Everett and her husband Brian Gibson organize regular porch gatherings to catch up with neighbors over drinks, music, and conversation.

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Neighbors in the Fan have found a creative way to socialize during this time of social distancing, and do it from the comfort – and safe distance – of their own porches. Reader Rachel Scott Everett and her husband Brian Gibson organize regular porch gatherings to catch up with neighbors over drinks, music, and conversation.

“While the photos may appear fun and carefree, all of us are currently facing different challenges regarding health, family, loss of work, financial strain, etc.,” Rachel said in an email to RVAHub. “This time offers everyone an hour to come out on their respective porches (or stoop or front yard) and (re)connect in solidarity – possibly with neighbors they may not have seen or met before.”

She says it’s an easy and fun way to “keep our spirits up.”

We hope these photos brighten your day as much as they did ours.

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Suspects Sought in Fan District Graffiti Vandalism

At around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, security video shows three unknown males walking in an alley near North Allen Avenue and West Grace Street. Video captures one suspect vandalizing a trash can with graffiti.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the suspects in the attached photos and video who are suspected of vandalizing property with graffiti in the Fan District.

At around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, security video shows three unknown males walking in an alley near North Allen Avenue and West Grace Street. Video captures one suspect vandalizing a trash can with graffiti.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Third Precinct Det. H. Wortham by email at[email protected]comor by phone at (804) 646-1940 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000, online at www.7801000.com

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Schools, nonprofits hustle to feed over a half million Virginia students: ‘It’s incredible’

Richmond school bus driver Tyrone McBride is still driving a big, yellow bus through Richmond neighborhoods, but these days, he’s transporting boxes of food for kids in need. More than a week has passed since Gov. Ralph Northam announced students will not return to school this academic year, and volunteers are still fighting to feed the 590,000 children in Virginia with free or reduced lunches who were ordered to remain home during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Richmond school bus driver Tyrone McBride is still driving a big, yellow bus through Richmond neighborhoods, but these days, he’s transporting boxes of food for kids in need.

“It gets me out of the house,” said McBride, who has been a school bus driver for 18 years, “and you know, you’re doing a great deed and helping people out.”

More than a week has passed since Gov. Ralph Northam announced students will not return to school this academic year, and volunteers are still working to feed the 590,000 children in Virginia eligible for free or reduced lunches who were ordered to remain home during the coronavirus pandemic. Schools have been closed since March 16, though students were originally slated to return by March 27.

Whitcomb Court resident Simone Sanders said her children are now eating at home during the day, but she didn’t receive an increase in food stamps. One child is disabled, which prevents Sanders from being able to work.

“It’s affecting us bad, especially in the projects, and there’s nothing for the kids to do all day,” Sanders said. “And then you have to worry about your child just being outside getting shot.”

Sanders said she’s grateful for the food from Richmond Public Schools, and says she occasionally gives food to neighborhood kids who say they’re hungry.

The Richmond Public Schools meal distribution program, like others around the state, continues to evolve during the coronavirus pandemic that caused a surge of Virginians to file for unemployment. Almost 46,300 Virginians filed for unemployment between March 15 and March 21. The previous week 2,706 people filed an unemployment claim, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

The program started with 10 school sites, and has since grown into at least 43 sites throughout the community and 10 school sites.

Erin Stanley, director of family engagement at Richmond Public Schools, said volunteers, bus drivers and the district’s nutrition staff have made the efforts possible. Volunteers were using personal vehicles to drop off food, but RPS decided that school buses would better suit the cause.

“We did that for a couple of reasons,” Stanley said. “One, so we can get more food out, and two, because school buses are a bit more well known and probably more trusted than individual volunteers going in with their personal vehicles.”

Plastic bags filled with milk cartons, sandwiches, apples and snacks are handed out in neighborhoods found on the Richmond Public Schools’ website. School distribution sites are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and neighborhood times vary by location. Any student in the school district can use the program, Stanley said.

Volunteer Natalie Newfield said many families she gave meals to lost jobs in the restaurant industry.

 “They’re changing the way they do deliveries, which is amazing,” Newfield said. “Every day you give them a count. If they need more food, the next day, all of a sudden your bus has more food. It’s incredible.”

Statewide efforts to feed children in Virginia

When schools closed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture activated the Summer Meals Program, which funds public schools and local organizations to serve breakfast and lunch during the summer.

Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, pressed the USDA to change its policy which required parents to have their child with them when picking up food.

Roem said it was difficult for a Prince William County mother to access food for her two children. Her daughter has an immune system deficiency caused by recent cancer treatments, making her susceptible to the COVID-19 virus.

“When you’re talking about a 7-year-old with cancer, we have to really evaluate what is it that our policy is trying to prevent that is more important than feeding a child with cancer,” Roem said.

Roem said she was able to bring groceries to the family, who live in the representative’s district. As they carried bags of food inside, Roem said the mother told her children, “We’re eating tonight.”

“I fought with the USDA for a full week and won a major, major victory for kids throughout Virginia and across the country, and especially immunocompromised kids, to make sure that they stay safe, that they stay home,” Roem said.

The USDA waived the restriction last week, and states can now choose to waive the in-person policy for students to receive food.

No Kid Hungry, a national campaign launched by nonprofit Share Our Strength, is offering emergency grants to local school divisions and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants can help people who are trying to make meal distribution possible, but may lack the equipment necessary to feed children outside of a school setting.

Sarah Steely, senior program manager at No Kid Hungry Virginia, said the grants can fund necessities like vehicles, gas, coolers and equipment to keep food safe during distribution.

“Those might not be resources that folks already have, because those aren’t service models that were expected of them before,” Steely said, “so we’re here to support community organizations and school divisions as they figure out what it is they need to distribute to kids.”

The organization works with YMCAs, childcare centers, libraries and all 133 of Virginia’s public school divisions.

The organization recently activated their texting hotline for those unsure of where their next meal is coming from: text “FOOD” to 877-877. The hotline is generally used during the summer months, but was reactivated to combat food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic.

Steely called the hotline “a tool in a bigger toolbox of resources” and encouraged families to contact their local school board for updated information about their locality.

“They count on that as a primary source of nutrition, so with schools closed, we want to make sure that the students who are accessing meals at school are now accessing those meals at home,” Steely said.

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