Who needs football? VCU is having plenty of excitement without it at the start of its fall season.
The four VCU fall sports have their best start ever collectively. After the women's soccer topped William & Mary Thursday night, the Rams have won 21 straight games. The two soccer squads, volleyball and field hockey have combined to go 26-3-5 to start the season. The men's soccer team is undefeated in six games, with nationally ranked UVA coming to town Tuesday. The field hockey team is a perfect 6-0. And the volleyball team has its best start ever at 12-1.
At the fans are starting to come out in the fall too. VCU men's soccer coach Dave Giffard says he's seen more students and more fans come to their games. He gives partial credit to Shaka Smart and the men's basketball team's Final Four run for invigorating the fan base.
But it's what's happening on the field and in the gym that is turning the most heads - with new VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin the beneficiary of a great start to his tenure.
Thursday, May 16 2013 12:34 AM EDT2013-05-16 04:34:41 GMT
VCU and Richmond meet every year in baseball, but not since 2001 has it been as league rivals, and Thursday the two cross-town foes meet as Atlantic 10 counterparts for the first time when they open aMore >>
The Rams and Spiders have not met on the baseball field as conference foes since 2001, and will renew their rivalry to end their respective regular seasons.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 12:11 AM EDT2013-05-16 04:11:31 GMT
The Deep Run boys and James River girls earned the title of Metro Richmond District lacrosse champions on Wednesday night. After a convincing win over Mills Godwin in Tuesday's semifinals, Deep Run heldMore >>
The Wildcats and Rapids emerged on top of a very competitive field in both brackets.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 11:53 PM EDT2013-05-16 03:53:03 GMT
The Richmond Flying Squirrels (19-19) turned aside a comeback bid and defeated the Harrisburg Senators (18-22), 7-6, on Wednesday afternoon at Metro Bank Park. With the victory, the Squirrels grabbedMore >>
Richmond wrapped up a 3-4 road trip and will return to the Diamond to open a seven game homestand on Friday night.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-05-16 03:49:22 GMT
Fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon saw second-seeded Salisbury score three unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 3-2 win in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament South RegionalMore >>
The Yellow Jackets allowed three runs in the ninth to see a lead disappear and now they find themselves one loss away from the end of their season.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 12:30 AM EDT2013-05-14 04:30:02 GMT
Will Wade has been a member of Shaka Smart's staff since Smart's arrival at VCU in 2009 and now Wade will get the chance to lead his own program. Wade will be introduced as the new head coach at Tennessee-ChattanoogaMore >>
Will Wade has been a member of Shaka Smart's staff since Smart's arrival at VCU in 2009 and now for the first time he'll get a chance to run his own program.More >>