Dawn Will scored the
game-winner against Temple.


Lacrosse Captures Inaugural Atlantic 10 Championship

Dawn Will scores three goals as Hokies defeat Temple.

May 2, 1999

PHILADELPHIA - Virginia Tech's Dawn Will scored three goals, including the game-winner, as the Hokies defeated top-seed Temple, 8-7, to capture the inaugural Bell Atlantic Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at Temple's Geasey Field.

Trailing 7-6 with under two minutes remaining, the Hokies' Karen Diacont (Gambrills, Md.) found the net to tie the match with 1:43 remaining. Tech grabbed the ensuing draw and Will's (Phoenix, Md.) game-winner with 1:32 on the clock gave the Hokies the lead. Tech goalie Melissa Wagner (Pasadena, Md.), who stopped nine shots on the day, ran out the clock as the Hokies claimed the first championship final.

Tech (11-6) broke open a 3-3 halftime tie with goals by Courtney Hubbard (Fairfax, Va.) and Maeghan O'Doherty (Annapolis, Md.). However, Temple's (8-11) Nicole Ross, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored two of her game-high five goals in the next 20 seconds to the tie the game at 5-5. Diacont put the Hokies on top 6-5 before the Owl's Kelly Ruch knotted the score 6-6 with 11:31 remaining. Ross gave Temple the 7-6 edge on a goal at the 5:43 mark to set up Tech's comeback.

"I am very excited and proud of the way our team played today," said Tech head coach Brooke Martin. " Today's win is a tribute to the hard work our team, especially our seniors, has put in this season."

The Hokies placed four players on the league's all-tournament team. Joining Will and O'Doherty on the squad were Sue Cowperthwait (Media, Pa.) and Erin Curran (Ellicott City, Md.).
Lacrosse Championship Final
Virginia Tech   3   5 --   8
Temple          3   4 --    7

Shots - Temple 20; Tech 24; Goals - Scorer/Assist (School) First half - Ruch (TU) 27:56; O'Doherty/Will (Tech) 24:13; Ross (TU) 14:50; Will (Tech) 14:17; Will/Augustyn (Tech) 12:56; Ross/Cebron (TU) 11:34; Second half - Hubbard (Tech) 20:28; O'Doherty (Tech) 13:09; Ross (TU) 12:49; Ross (TU) 12:40; Diacont (Tech) 11:55; Ruch (TU) 11:31; Ross/La Grossa (TU) 5:43; Diacont/Hubbard (Tech) 1:43; Will (Tech) 1:32. Ground Balls - Temple 32, Tech 23. Draw Controls - Temple 5, Tech 12.

The Patriots, also playing in their season opener, jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead behind two goals each from Paoli and Laura Thornburg. However, the Hokies (0-1) were able to close their deficit to 4-2 at intermission on goals from junior Catherine Augustyn and sophomore Courtney Hubbard.