Tech (2-6) got goals from seven different players. Emala and McBrearty led the way with two, and five other players all registered one goal apiece. McBrearty dished out an assist to take the team-high total with three points. McBrearty has now led or tied for the Hokie lead in points in all eight games this season, and remains the only Tech player to score a goal in each contest this year.
The scoring started early in the match, with each side getting two goals apiece within the first two minutes. The Hokies allowed a goal at the 21:48 mark, but Emala responded for the Hokies to tie the game at 3-3.
JMU (2-3) scored five unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead with 3:13 left in the first half. Kristy Zeigler converted a free position shot in the final minutes of the first half to set the halftime margin at 8-4.
Tech then opened the second half with McBrearty's lone goal of the game just 1:56 into the second half to shrink the deficit to three goals. The Alexandria, Va., native has now scored in 19 consecutive games. Unfortunately, that would be the closest the Hokies would come as the teams traded goals for the rest of the second half, scoring four goals apiece.
After JMU scored its ninth goal of the game at the 26:25 mark, Liz Carpenter emerged with her second of the season to once again cut the deficit to three goals, 9-6.
Emala tallied her second goal of the contest at 18:18 and McBrearty registered her second goal of the season to close the scoring for the Hokies with less than five minutes left in the contest.
Tech's junior goalkeeper Kari Morrison made 12 saves and scooped up a pair of ground balls, McBrearty and Emala also tied for the team lead with three ground balls apiece.
The Hokies took eight free position shots, compared to just one for the Dukes.
Tech resumes Atlantic Coast Conference play at Boston College on Saturday. First draw control is set for 1 p.m. from Chestnut Hill, Mass.