Returning home after a weekend away, Field Hockey hit Cary Street Field for the first time this season where they fell to the American University Eagles 3-2 in double overtime.
The game started with freshman defender Litiana Field making her scoring debut, collecting her first goal with an unassisted shot from the top of the circle, claiming a lead for VCU in the first period.
Prior to attending VCU, Field was a member of the Australian Futures Team for two seasons and played in the New South Wales Australian Hockey League Squad. She also has experience playing Touch Rugby and Australian Rules Football.
The Black and Gold entered the second period before scoring again — senior forward Emily McNamara snuck a shot in at the near post to hand VCU a 2-0 lead. This was McNamara’s fourth goal this season and the 52nd of her VCU career.
The Eagles followed very quickly as Annaka Groschinski was assisted by Lucy Whalley and Georgia Davies, hitting in a goal off a penalty corner. The Eagles gained back their momentum, scoring again after Carlotta Borcherding dribbled the ball to the corner and fed it into center.
With the score tied, the game eventually went into double overtime. The Rams came up short as AU’s Rafaela Rubas scored the winning goal, ending the game 3-2.
Overall, the Rams played another impressive game, despite the final scoreline. VCU outshot the Eagles 13-8 and hit the most penalty corners, 7-3.
The Rams go back on the road to compete against The College of William & Mary on Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.
Jessica Wetzler Sports Editor