VCU’s last fall sports conference championship came in volleyball in 2005. The Rams have four chances to end that drought this fall.

VCU sports are enjoying a record-breaking fall, and for the first time since 2000, field hockey, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball will all play in the conference tournament in the same year. A couple of them have legitimate NCAA at-large shots as well. Here’s a quick look at the postseason prospects of VCU’s fall athletic programs.

FIELD HOCKEY (13-5, 4-3 A-10)
Remaining Schedule:
Regular season complete
Atlantic 10 Tournament: The Rams are the No. 4 seed and will meet top-seeded Richmond in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. in Amherst, Mass. Click HERE for the A-10 Championship page.
Conference Championships: None
NCAA Appearances: None
Current NCAA RPI: 30
The Skinny: If this were hoops, VCU’s 30 RPI would be a sure ticket to the NCAA Tournament. However, the NCAA Field Hockey Championship is 16 teams, which means the Rams need to win the A-10 Tournament to dance. It won’t be an easy task. The Rams are 0-3 against the A-10 Tourney field (Richmond, Temple and UMASS) this season.

MEN’S SOCCER (10-2-4, 6-1-1 A-10)
Remaining Schedule:
at Richmond, Nov. 2
Atlantic 10 Tournament: The Rams are guaranteed a spot in the A-10 Tournament. A win over Richmond Friday would clinch the No. 1 seed. A-10 Championship page HERE.
Conference Championships: 3 (CAA: 1997, 2002, 2003)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 5 (1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004)
Current NCAA RPI: 28* (Updated RPI for this week hasn’t been released yet)
The Skinny: The Rams will be a high seed, if not No. 1, for the eight-team A-10 Tournament, Nov. 8, 9 and 11 in Charlotte, N.C. Even if the Rams don’t win the A-10 crown, they’ll get serious at-large consideration based on their RPI and quality wins over Xavier and Charlotte. The NCAA Tournament is a 48-team field in men’s soccer.

Courtney Conrad’s 10 goals have the Rams in the hunt for an Atlantic 10 crown.

WOMEN’S SOCCER (11-4-4, 6-2-1 A-10)
Remaining Schedule:
Regular season complete
Atlantic 10 Tournament: VCU, the CAA runner-up a year ago, earned the No. 3 seed in the A-10 Tournament. The Rams will meet No. 6 Saint Joseph’s on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the A-10 Quarterfinals in Kingston, R.I. Click HERE for more info.
Conference Championships: 1 (CAA: 2004)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 2 (2004, 2005)
Current NCAA RPI: 70
The Skinny: The Women‘s NCAA Tournament is larger than the men’s (64 teams), but that really doesn’t make much difference as far as the Rams are concerned. If they want to return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, they need to win the A-10 Tournament. VCU is 1-2-1 against the A-10 Tournament field, including losses to top-seeded La Salle and eighth-seeded Charlotte.

VOLLEYBALL (23-3, 9-2 A-10)
Remaining Schedule:
Nov. 2 vs. Xavier; Nov. 4 vs. #14 Dayton; Nov. 8 vs. Charlotte
Atlantic 10 Tournament: VCU has clinched an A-10 Tournament bid. The Rams are currently locked in a dead heat with Xavier (17-9, 9-2 A-10) for the No. 2 seed and a bye in the first round of the six-team A-10 Tournament Nov. 16-18 in Pittsburgh, Pa. VCU could still mathematically win the regular season title, but Dayton (19-4, 11-0 A-10) doesn’t seem likely to drop two of its final three matches. A-10 Championship info HERE.
Conference Championships: 1 (CAA: 2005)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1 (2005)
Current NCAA RPI: 67
The Skinny: Despite their gaudy record, the Rams are in a precarious spot. Their at-large resume is suspect because a number of the traditional powers VCU scheduled are in the middle of down years. The Rams do own a top-50 RPI win over N.C. State (40), but there have been few opportunities for an RPI boost on this year’s schedule. Currently, VCU’s second-best RPI win is over No. 102 Illinois State.

But this weekend, the Rams will get their chance to impress the NCAA Selection Committee. Xavier, ranked 85th in RPI and Dayton, ranked 14th in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and 30th in RPI, hold exactly the type of mathematical heft the Rams need. This weekend is huge for VCU.

Then again, VCU could always just go and win the tournament to snag the auto-bid. James Finley’s teams are always dangerous in a tournament format. VCU reached its conference championship match four times in Finley’s previous seven seasons, including two times as a No. 6 seed.