Late rally falls short as VCU tops Camels 14-10

Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Melissa Placek (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. --- Campbell used a 5-0 run to close within 10-9 of the VCU lead with 10 minutes to play, but the Rams scored four goals in the final six minutes to seal a 14-10 win over the Camels Friday night at Barker-Lane Stadium.

Kayla Reilly led CU with five points on a game-high four goals and an assist. She also forced a game-high four turnovers.

Tina Ricci found the back of the cage three times and assisted on a goal. Melissa Placek led Campbell (0-3) with a game-high eight draw controls and had two points on a goal and an assist. Sami Smit also scored a goal and tallied a helper for Campbell.

Facing a 10-4 deficit early in the second half, Sam Carey and Placek kicked off the Camel run with back-to-back goals. Ricci then took a feed from Riley and made the score 10-7 midway through the final stanza. Reilly went back-to-back over the next five minutes to draw Campbell within one of the lead.

CU was unable to tie the game on a few attempts before VCU reeled off three-straight goals to go up 13-9 with 4:16 left to play. Smit scored the Camels' 10th goal with 3:36 remaining, but that is as close as Campbell got down the stretch. Clare Murphy added an exclamation point for the Rams in the final minute of action.

Sky Hyatt, Jessica Del Rossi and Molly Barcikowksi each scored three times for VCU (1-2) while Kerian McTavish dished out a game-high three assists and scored a pair of goals. Ria Peralta earned the win in goal with 12 saves while Merredith Bechler took the loss with seven stops.

The Rams opened the game with a 7-0 run through the first 18 minutes of action. Reilly put the Camels on the board with a goal at the 10:50 mark of the first half, but VCU answered with two more scores to take a 9-1 advantage. Campbell found the back of the cage three times in the final two minutes of the half to draw within five, 9-4, at the break.

Overall, Campbell out-shot VCU 33-26 and held a 20-6 advantage on the draw. However, the Camels were plagued by 17 turnovers and were only 2-for-14 on free-position attempts.

Campbell will have a quick turnaround before returning to action versus Cincinnati at home on Sunday afternoon. First draw is set for 2 p.m.