Capital Cup 2019
VCU Sport Clubs Win 2019 Capital Cup
Thirteen Sport Clubs from VCU and the University of Richmond (UR) participated in the 4th Annual Capital Cup, which took place November 15 & 16, 2019. Matches were held on both campuses throughout the weekend.
Heading into the opening matches of the weekend, UR lead this year’s series at 2-1, thanks to the results of three matches played prior to November 15th: UR Quidditch defeated VCU 120-60 and UR Crew Club won 2-1 with VCU’s Women's Ultimate Club defeating UR 8-6.
Early Friday night both VCU and UR hosted the first round of matches - Men’s Lacrosse at VCU and Men’s Soccer at UR. Both competitions were close as each team took turns taking the lead. The VCU Men's Lacrosse Club defeated the Spiders by clenching a 6-5 victory. The UR Men's Soccer Club defended their home field with a 4-3 win, scoring a penalty kick in the final five minutes to prevail.
Meanwhile, UR Women's Rugby opened their contest at home in front of a large, raucous crowd. Early in the game, both teams were tied at 5, before VCU pulled away with 15 unanswered points, which lead to a 43-17 VCU victory. Women's Soccer played on the adjacent field. By halftime, VCU was leading 3-0. Each team scored a goal in the second half; however, VCU persevered with 4-1 win. By the end of the night, with a no-contest win for VCU Men's Rugby, VCU led the Capital Cup series with a 5-3 lead.
Saturday morning contests began with VCU hosting Tennis. Ultimately, UR won 6-4 after a few close matches, including a Women's Singles match that went to a final score of 8-6 in favor of UR.
While Tennis was indoors, the Baseball Clubs and fans were subjected to a cloudy, windy, cold game at UR’s Pitt Field. UR got on the board first, but VCU quickly responded and then took the lead 3-1. The score remained unchanged until the 7th inning when UR earned a run back and stole some of the momentum. After a scoreless 8th inning for VCU, UR continued to make contact as they loaded and then cleared the bases en route to a three-run inning to make the score 5-3. VCU was unable to score in the top of the 9th, giving UR another point to even the series at 5-5.
As the Baseball game was coming to a conclusion, Men’s and Women’s Swimming began at the Weinstein Center on UR’s campus. VCU jumped out to an early lead and never looked back by winning the meet 107-62. In the Men's Ultimate Frisbee Club match, UR quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead before VCU scored. While both teams put points on the board, UR outfought the Rams 13-7.
Going into the final event with the series tied at 6-6, the Water Polo match would ultimately determine the Capital Cup winner.
A large crowd gathered for the contest and from the first whistle, both teams scored quickly and frequently throughout the duration of the match, keeping the score within 2 points. UR led 7-6 at halftime. As the final minutes approached in the second half, VCU and UR were tied at 13 to send the match to overtime. A scoreless first overtime resulted in a double overtime where VCU ultimately scored the game-winning goal with less than ten seconds remaining. Fans reacted with exuberance as VCU defeated UR 7-6 overall, claiming their first outright Capital Cup Victory.
Final Score History:
2016 - UR
2017 - Tie
2018 - UR
2019 - VCU