Hokies come back to defeat Spiders, 16-15
Win second consecutive home game
March 8, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Freshman Allie Emala scored the second game-winning goal of her career with just 1:05 remaining to give Virginia Tech a 16-15 victory over the Richmond Spiders on Saturday in Tech Lacrosse Stadium. In their highest-scoring game of the season, seniors Kady McBrearty and Jenna Reich combined for 16 of the team's 23 goals and assists to help the Hokies earn their second consecutive home victory. Tech (2-5) was led by McBrearty and Reich on the attack. They both totaled career highs with four goals apiece, while Reich totaled her career high by dishing out two assists to total six points on the day. McBrearty was credited with a season-high four assists to bring her team-high total to eight points for the contest. Richmond (2-4) scored the first two goals of the game and went out to a 3-1 lead before Tech scored five unanswered goals in the opening 15 minutes of the first half. Reich sparked the Hokies' first offensive outburst of the contest, tallying three of her goals during this stretch that gave Tech its largest lead of the game, 6-3. The teams traded scored for the next three minutes until the score was 8-5, but the Spiders went on a three-goal scoring streak to tie the game at eight apiece with 6:35 to play in the first half. The trading of goals continued for the remainder of the first half. But with the Hokies trailing 10-9 at the end of the opening half, Reich scored her fourth and final goal of the game to tie the score at 10 apiece. The Hokies opened the second half quickly by scoring the first three goals of the second half within the first 10 minutes. McBrearty tallied the initial score then freshman Kate Tracey then converted a free position shot and tallied another goal to give Tech its second three-goal lead of the contest. In a game of runs, Richmond responded with a five-goal unanswered streak of its own to take a 15-13 advantage with just six minutes left. The momentum shifted to Tech's favor in the closing five minutes, thanks to an unassisted goal from McBrearty at the 5:05 mark then she converted the Hokies' fourth free position shot of the day to tie the contest at 15 goals apiece. McBrearty then found herself behind the cage to set up Tech's final possession and found Emala sprinting toward the goal the game-winning score and second of the game with just 1:05 remaining. Defensively, goalkeeper Kari Morrison came up with eight saves and she tied Christine Griel for the team lead with four ground balls apiece. Richmond's Allison Furstenburg scored a game-high six goals and dished out two assists to tie for game-high honors with eight points. The Spiders' Mandy Friend was credited with four goals and was also credited with two assists for six points. The Hokies next travel to James Madison University on Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. game in Harrisonburg, Va.