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.
Night shift: Student safety ambassadors provide a resource for the VCU community after dark
The ambassadors, part of the university’s transition to a more equitable public safety model, provide assistance when people need help but don’t need to contact law enforcement.
By Corey Byers
If you’re looking for Virginia Commonwealth University sophomore Ayanna Farmer-Lawrence in the evenings, you’ll most likely find her around the Compass wearing a bright-yellow vest.
Farmer-Lawrence is a newly hired student safety ambassador for the VCU Police Department — and her vest is both a uniform and visual identifier for VCU community members.
This past summer, the university announced a plan for police reform initiatives, including workforce realignment and the hiring of non-sworn, unarmed employees to serve as resources on campus when members of the VCU community need assistance, but do not feel compelled to contact law enforcement.
John Venuti, VCU’s associate vice president of public safety and chief of police, said with safety and well-being as the focus, a student may be a better alternative option for needs such as asking for directions, answering questions about transportation, working at events and walking people to their cars at night.
“The safety ambassadors will be present in places with high volumes of students, such as outside the University Student Commons and the Compass,” Venuti said. “They will predominately work at night because in the spring 2020 perception of safety survey, students told us they feel less safe at night.”
The three safety ambassadors received 40 hours of training and are also tasked with reporting safety concerns they come across during their shifts. In their first two nights working, they reported to police about damaged property, a traffic light failure and a fire at a business on West Broad Street.
Farmer-Lawrence, a homeland security and criminal justice major in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, said the part-time position coincides with her goal of becoming a special agent for the FBI. She was drawn to become a safety ambassador to learn from police, build relationships, network and be ready for internships or employment opportunities upon graduation.
“I thought it was a good idea to be that person that [people] can go to if they have a problem, but don’t want to go to the police directly,” Farmer-Lawrence said. “It’s a good idea given what’s going on in society currently.”
Venuti said he looks forward to hearing feedback from community members about the new program and plans to expand the number of student safety ambassadors, and their designated locations, in spring 2021.
VCU Life Science Building on West Cary Street Suffers Fire
The fire was quickly brought under control and no injuries were reported.
From VCU Alert:
On Nov. 18, 2020, the Richmond Fire Department was called to VCU’s Trani Life Sciences Building just before 10:45 a.m. for reports of a fire on the roof. The building was evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The fire appears to be limited to the roof of the building. The cause is being investigated.
- The Cary Street Gym is open and not impacted by the fire. Cary Street is closed in the area to allow emergency vehicles to respond.
- No other VCU buildings were impacted due to this incident.
— Matt Tessema (@MattTessema) November 18, 2020
VCU Ram Attendance Capped at 250
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
VCU Athletics issued this statement earlier today.
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tuesday’s capacity adjustment was made in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced last week.
Should the State issue new guidance in the future, VCU Athletics will adjust accordingly.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes. Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model. VCU Athletics has created protocols to make unused tickets available to Ram Athletic Fund members on a single-game basis.
Season ticket holders will receive notice by Wednesday, Nov. 18 if they qualify for the new limited capacity model. Ticket holders who do not meet the limited capacity qualifications will have a variety of options, including the ability to transfer their season ticket donation to a Ram Athletic Fund gift for 2021-22 or a refund.
“We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men’s basketball season,” McLaughlin said. “Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses.”
VCU Athletics will limit seating to the arena bowl in a socially-distanced manner, with a buffer zone around the court to prevent contact between fans and participants. Courtside seating and the Tommy J. West Club will be closed. Ticket holders in those areas will have the opportunity to sit in the bowl area.
We here at RVAHub are in communication with the Rams and are hoping to have a photographer at the game but that isn’t confirmed yet.