VCU Dethrones Saint Joseph’s in Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship

Hawks Bid For Fourth Consecutive Title Falls Short in 2 – 0 Loss in Championship Game

April 24, 2021 –

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks looked for a fourth consecutive conference field hockey championship, but were denied by the top-seeded VCU Rams 2 – 0 at Cary Street Stadium. The Rams are the title holders for the first time in program history.

In a game closely contested throughout, the teams went into the fourth quarter in a scoreless tie. VCU broke that tie when Lonica McKinney scored off a rebound in just under the first two minutes of the final stanza. Nearly 9 minutes later Georgia Carr-Brown would deflect a long shot from the right wing for the insurance goal.

Hawks goal keeper Robin Bleekemolen faced 7 shots on goal and made 5 saves. Saint Joe’s put 5 on goal, but none got by Sasha Elliott, who was named the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament. The Hawks did not convert on 3 penalty corners.

McKinney had 4 shots, 2 on goal for VCU. Sara Hayes and Cassidy Hutchinson each recorded 2 shots one on the cage for both. Three Hawks put a shot on goal, Lilly Santi, Emily Peters, and Jordan Olenginski.

Peters and Anna Miller made the All-Championship team.

Nationally ranked VCU will go the the NCAA Tournament as the Atlantic 10 representative. It is the first time a team other than Saint Joseph’s hoisted the trophy since 2016.


Written By: Glenn Papazian


Sara Hayes (#2) With a Shot on Shasa Elliott. Photo Courtesy of the Atlantic 10

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