Score: (RV) VCU 2, (RV)/#22 UNCW 1 (OT)
Location: Richmond, Va. (Sports Backers Stadium)
Records: (RV) VCU 9-4-1, (RV)/#22 UNCW 8-5-1
The short story: Senior midfielder Oquin Robinson fired home a free kick goal in the 100th minute to give the Rams their second consecutive overtime win.
- This is VCU’s third win of the season against a team that was ranked in one of the three major polls. The Seahawks are currently #22 in the TopDrawerSoccer poll, while both the Rams and UNCW are receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
- It’s also the third overtime win of the season for the Rams.
- Robinson’s goal was his third of the season and fourth of his career. It was also his first career game-winner.
- Freshman midfielder William Hitchcock scored his third goal of the year to tie the game in the second half, with assists from Philip Klomp and Pablo Varela Fraga, who both picked up their first career assists in black and gold.
- UNCW outshot VCU 13-7, but the Rams held a 7-3 advantage in shots on goal, aided by VCU defenders blocking several Seahawk shots.
- There were 32 combined fouls in a tightly-contested, physical match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Robinson had the first scoring chance of the night for VCU, delivering a shot to the bottom left corner that forced a save in the 13th minute.
- In the 38th minute, Varela Fraga charged down the left wing and ripped a shot that UNCW goalkeeper Gabriel Perrotta could only parry away.
- The Seahawks got on the board first shortly after halftime, as Nicolas Molina finished off a cross from Cannon Tootle.
- The Rams had a dangerous opportunity in the 55th minute as senior Jared Greene started a move in the VCU half, playing a ball for Klomp. Klomp then played a through ball for freshman midfielder Damian Gallegos, who had his shot deflected before it was smothered by Perrotta.
- VCU equalized in the 67th minute. Varela Fraga, whose hold-up play was effective all night for the Rams, received a ball with his back to goal and turned around a defender. He played a ball wide for Klomp, who hit a first-time pass with his left across the face of the goal for Hitchcock to bury in the back of the net at the back post.
- Klomp played another great left-footed cross in the 97th minute, floating a ball for Greene, who volleyed a shot that forced a save at the near post.
- Robinson gave VCU the win in the final minute of the first overtime period, taking a free kick just outside the box and blasting it over the wall and into the top right corner.
QUOTING HEAD COACH DAVE GIFFARD
“I was proud of the guys tonight for finding a way to grind out a result against a very good team. We were down some guys again, but as this group has done this year, different people stepped up and got the job done.”
The Rams get back into conference play, hosting Fordham on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. from Sports Backers Stadium. Saturday will also be VCU’s Senior Night.
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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Hold Off Fourth Period Surge to Beat Boston College
BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points. VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
Final Score: VCU 69, Boston College 65
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 5-2, Boston College 6-2
The short story: Efficient scoring efforts from graduate guard Taya Robinson and redshirt junior forward Samantha Robinson led four Rams in double figures as VCU held off a hard-charging Boston College for their second straight win.
- Including the Rams’ 60-47 win over Washington on Nov. 25, VCU now has two wins against current members of Power 5 conferences in the same season for the first time since 1995-96.
- Taya Robinson scored a team-high 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while adding four steals and three rebounds.
- Samantha Robinson added a season-high 11 points, sinking five of her six field goal attempts.
- Redshirt senior guard Janika Griffith-Wallace and sophomore guard Sarah Te-Biasu poured in 15 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the Rams in double figures. Te-Biasu also collected four steals, while Griffith-Wallace had three.
- Redshirt junior forward Chloe Bloom grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
- Sophomore guard Dasia Townes tied her career high with seven points.
- VCU forced the Eagles into 30 turnovers, including 15 steals, converting that into 29 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- VCU scored the first four points of the game with a Griffith-Wallace floater in the lane, and a driving lay-up form Te-Biasu.
- Samantha Robinson started 3-for-3 from the floor, finishing a driving lay-up from the baseline to put VCU ahead 11-9.
- Taya Robinson scored all 11 VCU points in the second quarter, including the first six points of the period. After BC took its first lead with 1:44 left in the half, Griffith-Wallace drove and kicked a pass to Robinson, who drained a three to put VCU back up 24-23.
- After trailing 25-24 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Eagles 22-10 in the third quarter.
- Taya Robinson opened the third with a pull-up jumper to reclaim the lead for VCU, but BC responded with a lay-up to go up 27-26, their last lead of the game.
- Griffith-Wallace knocked down a three off an assist from Taya Robinson to give VCU a 29-27 advantage. After Te-Biasu stole a BC pass on the ensuing possession, redshirt senior guard Madison Hattix-Covington hit a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 31-27.
- Moments later, Taya Robinson intercepted an Eagles pass, then threw the ball ahead to a sprinting Hattix-Covington under the basket, who pulled the ball out and dished to redshirt freshman Grace Hudson for a wide-open three.
- The Rams continued to capitalize off BC turnovers as Samantha Robinson finished a reverse lay-up with a flourish after a Griffith-Wallace steal.
- VCU scored the final five points of the third quarter to claim a 46-35 lead.
- Samantha Robinson opened the fourth quarter by making a driving lay-up on one end, and stealing a pass on the other. The Rams led by as many as 17 points early in the fourth.
- BC went on a 23-7 run across 5:20 of the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 62-60 with 37 seconds on the clock, led by Taylor Soule, who scored a game-high 20 points.
- VCU knocked down 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to close out the win.
The Rams travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to face perennial Mid-American Conference contender Buffalo on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.
Photos and Game Summary: Bench Comes Up Strong as VCU Defeats Campbell
VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5 as the Rams win by 4 points.
Score: VCU 65, Campbell 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 4-4, Campbell 6-2
The short story: Four Rams scored in double figures as VCU overcame a slow start and outlasted Campbell 65-61 Saturday evening in the Siegel Center.
- Senior forward Vince Williams put in a complete performance to lead VCU. The Toledo, Ohio native provided 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks. He connected on 4-of-8 attempts from the floor
- Senior guard Keshawn Curry added 12 points, two rebounds, one assist, and four steals for the Black and Gold
- VCU freshman guard Jayden Nunn and graduate forward Levi Stockard III each contributed 10 points, while Stockard grabbed six rebounds
- Freshman forward Jalen DeLoach gave VCU a boost off the bench with six points and four rebounds, three offensive
- Cedric Henderson and Jesus Carralero contributed tallied 20 and 19 points, respectively, to lead Campbell
- Campbell used an early 17-0 run to build a 20-4 with 13:20 left in the first half, but VCU continued to chip away. A 14-2 VCU run, punctuated by a DeLoach stickback, pulled the Rams within 22-18. Later, Williams buried a 3-pointer from the wing to push VCU in front 43-40 with 15:11 remaining
- The teams traded baskets in the middle part of the second half, but a 12-0 burst, which included five straight points from sophomore guard Josh Banks, as well as a 3-pointer by Curry, gave the Rams the lead for good at 63-54 with 4:18 left. Campbell eventually whittled that advantage to just 63-61 with 26 seconds on the clock, but Nunn converted both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity with 20 seconds left to seal the VCU victory
- VCU and Campbell battled in a back-and-forth second half that featured seven lead changes and four ties
- Saturday’s win marked the first time this season four Rams have scored in double figures
- The win extends VCU’s record against Campbell to 3-0
- The Rams outscored the Camels 21-17 off turnovers and 13-5 in second-chance opportunities
- VCU’s bench outscored Campbell’s 17-5
- Stockard has topped double figures in three of the past four games
VCU hosts Jacksonville State for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 8. The game will air on MASN and ESPN+.
Photos and Game Summary: Ram Fall to Chattanooga
Score: Chattanooga 56, VCU 54
Location: Richmond, Va. (Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 2-2, Chattanooga 4-0
The short story: Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith hit a short jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Mocs past VCU in a tough, back-and-forth contest.
- Vince Williams led all scorers with a career-high 21 points and six rebounds. He connected on 7-of-10 attempts, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range
- Freshman guard Jayden Nunn tallied 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and added a pair of assists for the Black and Gold
- Senior guard KeShawn Curry contributed nine points in the contest for VCU
- In addition to the game-winning shot, Malachi Smith paced Chattanooga with 20 points and five rebounds
- Chattanooga owned a 30-26 edge on the glass. The Mocs corralled 11 offensive boards, which produced nine second-chance points
- Williams scored seven of VCU’s final 10 points and tied the game twice in the last 65 seconds, once on a pair of free throws with 1:05 remaining (52-52) and again with a lefty floater in the lane with 25 seconds on the clock (54-54)
- VCU trailed by as many as nine points, at 44-35 with 9:22 left, but the Rams embarked on a 9-0 run, capped by a Williams 3-pointer, to tie the game at 44-all
- The game featured 10 ties, including six in the second half, and three lead changes
- VCU shot a season-high .478 (22-of-46) in the game, including .571 (12-of-21) in the second half
VCU travels to Paradise, Bahamas to face Syracuse in the Battle 4 Atlantis at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 24. The game will air on ESPN2.