Tech edged by Oregon, 14-13
McBrearty leads Hokies in points for second consecutive game
February 22, 2008

Box Score Oregon 14, Virginia Tech 13
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech fell 14-13 to the Oregon Ducks on Friday afternoon despite a 6-4 lead in the first half. Rachel Culp had a season high of three goals against the Ducks as she and teammates Kady McBreaty and Allie Emala continue their three-game scoring streak.

The Ducks came out on fire in the second half, quickly scoring two goals in less than one minute. The 6-6 tie did not last long as the next 20 minutes were filled with back and forth goals between the Hokies and the Ducks.

Neither team led by more than two goals the entire game.

A free position goal by Oregon's Casey Rector with 20:18 left on the clock brought the game to a 9-9 tie. The Hokies rallied after the Duck's goal as Rachel Culp and Kate Tracey contributed one goal each in a span of 16 seconds.

Tracey later assisted Emala for a goal with 14:42 on the clock bringing the score to 12-10. The Ducks answered by scoring the next two goals.

The score was tied for the last time at 12-12 with 11:59 on the clock when the Ducks strategically held possession for the next four minutes, which marked the longest span of time in the second half that neither team found the back of the net.

With 6:22 on the clock, Oregon's Lindsay Killian had her second goal of the day. Oregon had another goal with 2:41 left, bringing the score to 14-12.

Culp answered back by scoring a free position goal with 1:31 left in the game, marking the last goal of the contest and sealing the final score at 14-13.

Defense held strong throughout the intense second half. Tech's veteran defenders Christina Griel and Kristen Burtch each had a season-high of five ground balls apiece. Griel contributed off the draw as well, as she and Culp are tied for the game high with three draw controls apiece.

Tracey and Berkel began their goal scoring careers as each freshman attacker contributed two goals apiece.

The Hokies are set to play William and Mary at the Virginia Tech Lacrosse Stadium on Wednesday at 4 p.m.