Lacrosse falls short against UMBC

Sophomore defender Destiny Colon played in 16 games last season and has appeared in both games this season. Photo by Shayla Bailey

Andy Riddler, Contributing Writer

Women’s Lacrosse came up short in a Feb. 16 comeback effort against UMBC, falling 11-8.

The Rams found themselves in a hole early, trailing by 5-0 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half. VCU fought its way back into the game with three of the next four goals, heading into halftime down 6-3.

VCU was as close as 7-6 with less than 15 minutes to go — on the strength of junior attacker Jessica Del Rossi’s three goals — but never caught up to UMBC. The Retrievers responded with three unanswered goals to put the game away.

Senior attacker Molly Barcikowski and redshirt-senior midfielder Sky Hyatt continued their strong starts to the season — Barcikowski currently has six goals and four assists and Hyatt has three goals and one assist. Barcikowski finished the game against UMBC with three assists and three forced turnovers, while Hyatt tallied two goals and an assist.

“[Hyatt and Barcikowski] are two of our most prolific seniors,” said coach Jen O’Brien. “They are just so talented, and they are used to making big-time plays … They have answered for three years, and this year is no different.”

Senior midfielder Clare Murphy scored two goals — her first two of the season.

“I think it goes to show how the growth that we have had as a program and we’re really happy with the girls,” O’Brien said. “They fought, they battled and they followed the scouting report for the last 40 minutes of the game.”

The Rams will play Feb. 27 when they host Longwood at 4 p.m.

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