RAMS LOCK DOWN SPIDERS, CAPTURE SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN
Richmond Area Honda Dealers Capital City Classic
Score: VCU 68, Richmond 56
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-4 (9-2 A-10), Richmond 11-5 (4-3)
The short story: VCU held Richmond to a season-low 56 points, while sophomore guard Bones Hyland recorded his second career double-double to lead the Rams past their crosstown rival in the 86th Richmond Area Honda Dealers Capital City Classic Wednesday night at the Siegel Center.
- Hyland finished with 20 points and corralled 12 rebounds, as well as six assist
- Freshman forward Jamir Watkins tallied 10 points, dished out three assists and grabbed three rebounds in the win
- Freshman guard Ace Baldwin Jr. scored 10 points, collected seven rebounds and recorded four assists
- Nathan Cayo led Richmond with 18 points and seven assists
- The Rams’ defense held Richmond to just 13 percent shooting from beyond the arc
- Richmond shot just 33 percent (20-of-61) in the game overall
- VCU outrebounded Richmond 43-27
- Trailing by five with eight minutes remaining in the first half, sophomore forward Hason Ward threw down a dunk and sparked a 16-4 VCU run that spanned six minutes of game time. The run help secure a 32-24 advantage at the break
- With just over eight minutes remaining in the contest, Richmond cut the VCU lead down to one. The Rams proceeded to outscore the Spiders 17-6 to end the game
- The Rams outscored the Spiders 42-28 in the paint
- VCU improves to 55-31 all time against Richmond, including 4-3 record in the Mike Rhoades era
- The Rams registered 21 assists on 26 made baskets
- Hyland scored 20+ points for the 10th time this season. The Rams are 9-1 when the sophomore scores over 20
- VCU has won 14 of its past 16 gmaes
VCU will be back in the Siegel Center at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for a matchup against George Mason. The game will air on NBCSN.
Richmond Marathon Back to Normal this Year
Registration is open for all the running events as is signup for a Marathon Training Team.
The VCU Health Richmond Marathon will take place in its traditional one-day, in-person format in downtown Richmond on November 13, Sports Backers, the event organizers, announced today. The event also features the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. Registration is currently open for all three events at www.RichmondMarathon.org, with a price increase set for July 1.
2021 will mark the 44th running of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon. It is consistently recognized as a premier race experience, earning accolades such as ‘Top 15 Fall Race in the U.S.,’ ‘Top 20 Marathon in the U.S.,’ and a ‘Best Bet for a Boston Marathon Qualifier.’ The VCU Health Richmond Marathon and associated events also helped Richmond earn the distinction of being one of the ‘Top Racing Cities in the U.S.’
“We are excited to return to our traditional format for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and join together to celebrate all the aspects of race weekend that participants look forward to when running Richmond,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “Events like this help make the Richmond region a vibrant place to live, work, and visit, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to downtown Richmond in November.”
If you need a little help to get across the finish line you can join a Marathon Training Team.
Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team kicked off its 20th season on June 5 and the first in-person group training runs take place this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, with groups meeting at Sports Backers Stadium.
The Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team is a proven 23-week program that has successfully trained over 17,000 people for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon since the team’s inception in 2002. Roughly 30 percent of team participants will be training for their first marathon. The program is led by experienced coaches who are eager to provide motivation and guidance in a supportive setting to help participants achieve their goal of completing 26.2 miles.
The Marathon Training Team registration fee of $180 includes a free entry in the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, along with a Marathon Training Team shirt, a technical race shirt, an electronic guide book with a detailed schedule to follow, clinics, organized weekly runs with knowledgeable and supportive coaches, and special race-day support along the course from coaches. Income-based rates are available for all Sports Backers training teams. These rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.
Marathon Training Team registration is open through June 28. For more information and registration details, please visit www.richmondmarathon.org/training/marathon-training-team/.
Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Strike Fast Hold on for Win
The Kickers scored in the opening minute but New England stayed in the fight and made for an exciting game down to the last seconds.
Three Things to Ponder
- Exciting – This game shouldn’t have been exciting. The Kickers kept leaving the door open a crack and the Revs would take advantage. The Kickers offense was also exciting but we don’t know yet if this is just a case of stacking up good against New England or the start of something bigger. The Kickers only other three-goal game was also against New England at the season opener.
- Passion – I’m going to mention it again. Everyone on this team has such passion that it’s impressive to watch. This starts with head Coach Darren Sawatsky. He’s just as passionate (angry?) when up two goals as he is when the team is down three goals. This passion can be a double-edged sword. The Kickers are second in the league with yellow cards but to date no red cards.
- Deep Offense – The Kickers are second in the league with 10 goals. This comes from six different players. Leading the Kickers as you’d expect/hope is Emiliano Terzaghi with three. The fact that five other players have scored makes it much harder for other teams to focus on just one player and hope that stifles the offense.
The Richmond Kickers (3-3-1) equaled their highest scoring total of the season as they earned a 3-2 win over New England Revolution II on Pride Night. The tone of the match was set when the Kickers opened up with a spectacular team goal in the first 26 seconds.
Approximately 30 seconds into the match, a quick exchange of passes between Juan Pablo Monticelli and Nil Vinyals broke through the New England right-flank. Vinyals placed a threaded pass to Jonathan Bolanos who exploded into the box then squared the ball across to Matt Bolduc who set up for a left-footed shot and netted an early goal for Richmond.
After 11 minutes, Revs II made their way into the Richmond defense and managed to get a shot off, but Akira Fitzgerald’s lightning quick reflexes rejected what could have been an equalizer for New England.
At the 30-minute mark, New England equalized after an incisive run into the box which was followed with a shot that Fitzgerald deflected away from goal but fell into the feet of Noel Buck who struck the ball just quick enough to beat Fitzgerald to the punch.
Only 10 minutes later, Vinyals would place a corner kick that would connect with Monticelli for a beautifully-headed goal into the back of the New England net. The first half wrapped up with Richmond holding a 2-1 lead over Revs II.
With the second half underway, Richmond looked to see out their lead with some insurance. In the 51st minute, Victor Falck drilled a deadball down the right wing to a streaking Bolduc. The right-winger squared the ball into the center of the box to Vinyals who was rushing into the danger area. The Spaniard passed the ball to a centrally-placed Terzaghi, who returned the ball to Vinyals just wide of the goal, only for Vinyals to fizz the ball right back across to Terzaghi who finished with a perfect side-footed attempt.
In the 76th minute, New England halved the Richmond lead but the Reds held onto their lead through six minutes of stoppage time to see out their second straight victory over Revs II.
With another win under their belt, the Richmond Kickers are back on the road and headed to Wisconsin on Saturday, June 12 to face Forward Madison for the first Henny Derby of the season. The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Team First Half Second Half Final Richmond 2 1 3 North Carolina 1 1 2
Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Juan Pablo Monticelli, Ivan Magalhaes, Jalen Crisler (68’ – Nathan Aune), Esteban Calvo, Zaca Moran, Victor Falck, Nil Vinyals, Emiliano Terzaghi ( 88’ – Cameron Vickers), Jonathan Bolanos ( 63’ – Oalex Anderson), Matt Bolduc ( 63’ – Luke Pavone).
Unused Substitutes: Austin Causey, Chris Cole, Hernan Gonzalez
New England: Brad Knighton, Sean O’Hearn, Colby Quinones (69’ – Francois Dulysse), Pierre Cayet, Jake Rozhansky, Michel, Ryan Spaulding ( 68’ – Hikaru Fujiwara), Christian Mafla, Noel Buck ( 45’ – Justin Rennicks), Damian Rivera, Edward Kizza ( 68’ – Ryan Sierakowski).
Unused Substitutes: Joseph Rice, Joseph Buck, Collin Verfurth
Team Shots Saves Fouls Corners Richmond 13 2 18 2 New England 14 4 8 7
Referee: JC Griggs
4th Official: Andrew Charron
Weather: Sunny, 89 ºF
Preview: Kickers Looking for a Win
A disappointing draw at home and loss on the road are on the Kickers’ minds as they prepare for New England coming to town.
Opponent: New England Revolution II (2-2-1)
Date/Time: Saturday, June 5th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Richmond Kickers 1, Chattanooga 2
Dave Bulow Honored
The Richmond community is still reeling from the sudden passing of former player and coach Dave Bulow. In a nice act, the Kickers and Richmond Strikers will celebrate his life before the game. There will be more than a few tears shed.
The Richmond Kickers and the Richmond Strikers plan to celebrate the life of David Bulow in a pregame ceremony at Saturday’s June 5 match at City Stadium.Taking place shortly before Saturday’s 6:30 pm kickoff, the ceremony will be led by representatives of both the Kickers’ organization and Bulow’s Richmond Strikers U19 Boys and Girls Elite Teams. A special tribute penned by members of both organizations will be read aloud over the public address during the ceremony. There will be a collection point inside City Stadium where fans can drop off cards or write memories of David that will be presented to the Bulow family.Bulow, a long-time fixture in the Richmond soccer community as a player and coach for the Richmond Kickers’ professional and youth sides, Richmond United academy teams, and, most recently, a coach with the Richmond Strikers youth teams, passed away on May 6, 2021. He was 41.
Three Things to Kick About
- Concentration – Lapses of concentration, attention, call it what you will but those lapses cost the Kickers three points last Saturday. The Kickers were in the driver’s seat right after the start of the second half with a quick goal. This was surprising since the first half the Kickers were mainly traffic cones for a Red Wolves shooting, dribbling drill. The lead was short-lived and the Kickers gave up a goal just six minutes after taking the lead. A draw would have been a decent result but another lapse during a set plan meant more frustration for the boys in red.
- Changes – Credit, where credit is due the Kickers, do seem to be able to adjust tactics and change the game. Coach Sawatsky seems to be able to bring guys onto the field that make a difference in the pace and style of play. The first half and second half were dramatically different in part due to the addition of Stanley Alves but until the quality in the final third changes. One thing that doesn’t need to change is Oalex Anderson he scored and was a constant threat.
- Passion – This team has heart and a bit of a temper. You could see some of that temper in last week’s game. Four Kickers received yellow cards all deserved, there could have been more. The most bone-headed of these yellows was from Oalex Anderson at the end of the second half. He booted the ball straight into the stands. There is no reason for that kind of behavior and had he struck a fan the ramifications could have been much more severe than a yellow card.
- Bonus – With the change in state rules the Kickers will have no attendance restrictions so bring the whole gang.
I hadn’t looked at the table prior to starting this writeup and had assumed that New England was the same team we thumped in the season opener. I was wrong. They’re right behind the Kickers with one less game played. On the plus side, the baby Revs aren’t goal-scoring machines only scoring more than a goal once so far. This gives them a -2 goal differential. I’m confident the Kickers are the better team overall and we haven’t seen their full potential. I’ll continue with my homer bias and give the Kickers the nod but just barely.
Kickers 1 – New England 0