Hokies get first win of season over Tribe
Emala scores career-high three goals
February 29, 2008

Box Score Virginia Tech 11, William & Mary 7
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech won its first game of the season, 11-7, against the William & Mary Tribe on Wednesday afternoon at Tech Lacrosse Stadium. The Hokies' 6-5 lead after the first half was no fluke as Tech fired the first five goals of the second.

Kady McBrearty's second goal of the game started the five-goal streak with 27:24 left on the clock. Allie Emala and Kate Tracy were quick to follow, each having a goal in a the span of three minutes.

Emala's goal marked her third of the game as well as a career high for the midfielder. Kristy Zeigler continued Tech's success by scoring with 18:37 on the clock, soon followed by Rachel Culp's hard drive for a goal.

With 16:53 left in the second half, the Hokies led 11-5.

Overall, Emala had a hat trick, marking a career high for the freshman. Kate Tracey, McBrearty and Culp had success on offense, scoring two goals each.

William & Mary's Jamie Sellers found the back of the net with 11:22 left on the clock. The Tribe scored again one minute later to set the final margin, but the strong Hokie defense was able to hold the lead for the remaining 11 minutes.

Tech defender Christina Griel had four ground balls as did Jacquelyn Duggins, marking a career high for the transfer sophomore.

Hokie goalkeeper Kari Morrison beat her career high in saves with 19, and led the team with six ground balls.

The Hokie midfield stayed strong, winning the draw controls for the game, 11-9. Freshman Joanna Kiser and Emala each had three draw controls, while Culp contributed two.

The Hokies are off to Fairfax, Va., to play George Mason at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but will return home March 8 to host Richmond at 1 p.m.