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Photos and Game Summary: The Cavaliers Lose College Cup in Penalty Kicks

This past Sunday, in Cary N.C., it came down to penalty kicks to crown the College Cup champions. The University of Virginia came up just a little short in penalty kicks after the game and extra time ended in a 3-3 draw.

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UVa: 3
Georgetown:3 Wins 7-6 on PKs

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Official UVa Game Summary

Georgetown (20-1-3) captured the 2019 NCAA College Cup Championship by outlasting Virginia (21-2-1), 7-6 in a penalty kick shootout. The two teams each scored three goals in regulation before going scoreless in two overtime sessions at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday night (Dec. 15).

Virginia erased deficits of 2-1 and 3-2 in regulation to force its fifth overtime match of the season. The Cavaliers found themselves trailing by a goal with 9:37 remaining in the match before the College Cup’s Most Outstanding Player, Daryl Dike (Edmond, Okla.), scored his third goal of the College Cup. The sophomore striker took a rebound off his own shot and buried the final equalizing goal into the top of the net with 4:51 left in regulation.

The two overtime sessions saw a total of five shots, three from the Hoyas and two from the Cavaliers. Only one of the attempts landed on target, an Irakoze Donasiyano (Roanoke, Va.) shot that was punched away by Georgetown keeper, Tomas Romero, in the first overtime.

Both teams were successful on their first six penalty kick attempts and Georgetown’s Aidan Rocha put the Hoyas up 7-6 in the seventh round. Romero guessed right on an Axel Gunnarsson’s attempt to the left side of the goal to clinch National Championship in a best-of-five shootout format.

The Cavaliers received successful penalty kicks from Joe Bell (Wanaka, New Zealand), Daniel Steedman (Glasgow, Scotland), Donasiyano, Andreas Ueland (Byrne, Norway), Nathaniel Crofts (Sheffield, England) and Bret Halsey (Sterling, Va.).

Steedman had Virginia’s first equalizer in the 58th minute when he scored on a shifty move in the box after receiving a slip pass from Donasiyano.

It was the Cavaliers who had the initial lead of the match when Bell’s shot from outside the box in the 10th minute deflected off a Georgetown defender and into the right side of the goal. The tally was his seventh goal of the season and third of the NCAA Tournament.

The shot by Bell was Virginia’s first attempt of the match and it marked the second time in this year’s College Cup that the Cavaliers have scored on their first shot attempt.

The go-ahead Georgetown goals in the 22nd minute and the 81st minute were the fourth and fifth times this season Virginia trailed this season.

The National Championship match officially goes down as a loss despite the two teams finishing the two overtimes even at three. The 21 wins by Virginia are the third most in school history and the most under head coach George Gelnovatch.
Additional Notes
• In a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 defenses in the county, the combined six goals were most in an NCAA final since 1980.
• Georgetown is the only school to score three goals on Virginia this season.
• The Cavaliers allowed 13 goals in 24 matches in 2019.
• Virginia trailed in a match for the first time since Nov. 17, the ACC Championship against Clemson also played in Cary, N.C.. Virginia hadn’t trailed for 420 minutes until Daniel Wu’s goal in the 22nd minute.

NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team
Daryl Dike – Most Outstanding Offensive Player
Joe Bell
Daniel Steedman
Henry Kessler
Colin Shutler

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Back to Winning Ways at Home

Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.

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Official VCU Game Summary

VCU DEFENSE, HYLAND GROUND FLYERS 66-43

 Score: VCU 66, Old Dominion 43
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 11-4 (3-2 A-10), Dayton 8-3 (4-3)

The story: Sophomore guard Bones Hyland poured in a game-high 28 points, and VCU locked down Dayton defensively on the way to a critical Atlantic 10 Conference win Saturday night at the Siegel Center.

OPENING TIP

  • Hyland scored 13 of his 28 in the first half as the Rams built a 20-point lead. He finished 9-of-17 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. He added five rebounds and two steals
  • Senior foward Levi Stockard III tallied a team-high six rebounds and chipped in six points of his own
  • Junior Vince Williams contributed seven points and four rebounds
  • Jordy Tshimanga and Zimi Nwokeji provided 10 points each for Dayton

THE DIFFERENCE

  • VCU held Dayton to just 13 points in the first half on 6-of-28 shooting. Those 13 points were the Flyers least in a half since 2010
  • Hyland scored five points during a 14-0 VCU run that provided the Rams with a 19-4 lead with 10:26 left in the first half. The Flyers never recovered
  • The Rams held the Flyers to season-low 31 percent (17-of-55) shooting including 15 percent (3-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Flyers missed their first 14 three-pointers in the game
  • VCU continued their dominance in the paint this season, outscoring Dayton 36-22 around the basket

NOTABLE

  • VCU held Dayton to a season-low 43 points, the Flyers’ lowest total since a 68-34 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 27, 2010
  • The Rams recorded a season-high 44 rebounds
  • Hyland tallied 25+ points for the third time this season and has scored in double figures in 14 of 15 games this year

UP NEXT

VCU will continue its three-game home stand against UMass 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Siegel Center. The game will air on CBS6 in Richmond and digitally on ESPN+.

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Virginia Capital Trail, East Coast Greenway Alliance announce first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge

The event challenges people to complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway and Capital Trail this winter.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance have announced the first-ever ‘Winter Warrior Challenge’ virtual event to take place January 13th – March 31st.

The challenge is a great opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to virtually complete 282 miles along the East Coast Greenway, traveling from Washington, D.C., to Richmond via Greenway’s spine route and to the Virginia-North Carolina border along the Greenway’s historic coastal route. Participants have the option to tackle the challenge individually or in a team of up to four people and can choose to run, walk, bike, or skate their way across Virginia.

“With a shared vision of equitable access to trails and greenways for recreation and active transportation, we are thrilled to partner with the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation on the first-ever Winter Warrior Challenge,” shares Sarah Sanford, East Coast Greenway Alliance Virginia & North Carolina Coordinator. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people have flocked to trails and greenways to maintain mental and physical health. We hope that this event will encourage people to get outside, recreate responsibly on the Virginia Capital Trail and beyond, and support a great cause at the same
time.”

Registration is $40 and includes an individual and team leaderboard, interesting trail facts based on destination points along the route, an official event crewneck sweatshirt, and a fun virtual experience as you travel along one of Virginia’s most prestigious trail networks. Participants can break the route into segments and divide it up between team members or complete it on their own.

“Many people are unaware that the Virginia Capital Trail connects to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, which stretches across 3,000+ miles and 15 states,” mentions Cat Anthony, Executive Director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “We are excited to inspire outdoor adventure as participants explore and learn more about trail networks across Virginia. We hope this event will bring awareness on how important pedestrian and cycling infrastructure is to our region and encourage people to take advantage of Virginia’s trail networks.”

Proceeds benefit the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and East Coast Greenway Alliance for continued advocacy and regional trail expansion.

Registration is open here. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences using #WWC282.

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Spiders versus Ram Game Postponed Due to Covid-19

Sometimes when you play sports in the middle of a pandemic people test positive for the disease that has killed over 380,000 in the United States.

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The cross-city basketball derby will have to wait. University of Richmond released the following statement.

The University of Richmond men’s basketball home game Saturday against VCU has been postponed in response to the results from the latest COVID testing and contact tracing within the Spiders program. All team activities are paused at this time.

Richmond continues to follow the guidance of University health officials and the Virginia Department of Health protocols. No decisions have been made regarding any additional Richmond games.

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