If you walked for roughly six days and 19 hours without stopping, you span the distance between Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Between the last two conference losses by the UMass women's lacrosse team, that trip could've been made 428 times.
On Sunday, VCU's Molly Barcikowski scored in overtime and the Rams handed UMass its first Atlantic 10 loss in 2,926 days, a streak that spanned 61 games and eight years. UMass' last A-10 loss? A 10-9 decision to La Salle on April 18 — 2010.
Rams snap UMass’ NCAA record 61-game A-10 winning streak and clinch a berth in their first Atlantic 10 conference tournament! Hyatt scores six goals on senior day and Barcikowski nets five including game-winner in OT. Peralta made 17 huge saves.#LetsGoVCU #Hungry pic.twitter.com/vJYYNI82t3— VCU Women's Lacrosse (@VCU_Lacrosse) April 22, 2018
The last time UMass lost, Barack Obama was 15 months into his first term as President of the United States. So, yeah, it's been a while.
UMass is now 12-4 overall on the season, 7-1 in conference play, and still leads the Atlantic 10 standings. But VCU moves to 5-3 in the conference itself and now has the ultimate momentum-boost.
Alas, the streak is now over, but UMass can be proud of it for a long time.
Time to try and start another one.