Hokies edged by No. 12 Vanderbilt, 12-8
McBrearty leads Hokies with four points
March 4, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Despite a team-high four points from senior attacker Kady McBrearty, the Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team dropped a 12-8 decision at No. 12 Vanderbilt on Tuesday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn. Tech (1-5) was led on the attack by McBrearty, Jenna Reich and Caitlyn Wier. McBrearty scored two goals to extend her career-high scoring streak to 18 games and also dished out two assists. The Alexandria, Va., native has led or tied for the team lead in points in all six games this season. Reich recorded her first multiple-goal game of the season with a season-high two goals, while Wier equaled her career and season-best with a pair of scores, both coming in the second half. Vanderbilt (5-0) was limited to a season-low-tying 12 goals on the attack. Hokie junior goalkeeper Kari Morrison took charge of a solid Tech defensive effort with 12 saves, nine coming in the first half. Senior defender Kristen Burtch scooped up a team-high four ground balls. After trading goals for the first 15 minutes, the Hokies pieced together consecutive scores, beginning with McBrearty's second goal to tie the game at 2-2. Rachel Culp followed less than a minute later with her 10th goal of the season to give the Hokies their first lead of the contest, 3-2. McBrearty and Culp are the only Hokies to score in all six games this season. Vanderbilt responded with back-to-back goals of its own when goals from Alexa Mundy and Margie Curran helped the Commodores regain the edge at 4-3. Tech's Reich scored her second goal of the season to tie the score for the fourth and final time of the half at 4-4 with 9:59 to play in the opening period. The Commodores' Carter Foote reeled off two consecutive goals to give Vanderbilt a 6-4 halftime lead. The Commodores took the first four shots of the second half and converted their third straight goal of the game at 25:36. Reich responded for Tech with her second goal of the game on a free-position attempt just one minute and seven seconds later. After Sarah Downing scored her second goal of the game at 21:35 for the 8-5 lead, the Hokies began a two-goal scoring streak of their own, started by Wier, who scored off a McBrearty feed at 19:56. Freshman Joanna Kiser benefited from a free-position attempt at 18:46 to trim the Hokie deficit to one goal (8-7). Vanderbilt responded with three consecutive scores to build a four-goal lead with just under 10 minutes remaining, before Tech's Wier notched her second goal of the game with 7:51 to play, but the Commodores sealed the win with Downing's fourth goal of the game that set the final margin at 12-8. The Hokies host No. 18 Richmond at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Tech Lacrosse Stadium.