March 14, 2009

Hokies Pick Up First-Ever ACC Win

from press release

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team survived an early 6-1 deficit and came back to knock off Boston College 16-14 in overtime on a cold and rain-drenched Saturday afternoon at Thompson Field.

With the win, the Hokies secure their first Atlantic Coast Conference victory since joining the league in 2005 while also improving their 2009 record to 4-4 (1-1 ACC). Boston College falls to 5-2 (0-1 ACC) on the year.

The match did not start well for Tech as the Eagles scored three-straight goals to open the contest and held a 6-1 advantage after 12 minutes of play. Boston College extended its lead to 8-3 with less than 16 minutes remaining in the first half, but the Hokies began to chip away at the lead over a 12-minute span with four unanswered goals, two each from Rachel Culp (Sr., Kent, Ohio) and Jessica Nonn (Fr., Catonsville, Md.). BC closed the half with a score and headed into the intermission with a tenuous two-goal lead.

Virginia Tech wasted little time and tied the score at nine-all on goals from Morgan Widlake (Fr., Catonsville, Md.) and Culp in the first three minutes of the second frame. Yet the Eagles would answer with a 4-1 run over the next 13 minutes and led 13-10 nearing the 10-minute mark.

But a determined Hokie squad would not go away. Allie Emala (So., Baltimore, Md.) cut the lead to 13-11 with her third goal of the afternoon and Widlake brought Tech within one goal with just under eight minutes to play.

Liz Carpenter (So., Lewes, Del.) forced a BC turnover on the Hokie defensive end, which resulted in a free position opportunity for the Tech attack. The Boston College keeper blocked the shot, but Nonn scooped up the loose ball and fired the tying score into the back of the net.

The Hokie comeback took a hit when BC's Kristin Igoe gave her team the 14-13 lead with 3:41on the clock, but Tech, which led the Eagles 22-12 in draw controls on the afternoon, regained possession on the following draw. The Hokies did not waste the opportunity as Culp registered the tying score on an assist from Emala. With the score knotted at 14-all, the two teams prepared for overtime.

Tech would again win the draw, setting up Culp's game-winner a mere 30 seconds into overtime. The Kent, Ohio, native tallied six goals and an assist on the day. During the Hokies' current four-game win streak, the senior has registered 23 goals and five assists and leads the team with 28 scores on the year.

After a Virginia Tech turnover, Boston College had a chance to tie the score, but Widlake intercepted an Eagle pass near midfield and Emala would put the game away on a goal with 33 seconds remaining in overtime. The Tech sophomore turned in a career performance with four goals and a career-high four assists. Emala also won 15 draw controls, propelling her into ninth place in the Hokie record book with 69 career draw controls.

Nonn and Widlake both contributed three scores apiece to complete the Tech attack, while Kari Morrsion (Sr., Springfield, Va.) started in goal and made 11 saves.

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