Hokies lose to Buckeyes, 12-9
Culp tallies two goals and one assist
March 30, 2008

Box Score #22 Ohio State 12, Virginia Tech 9
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Women's Lacrosse team fell 12-9 to #22 Ohio State on Sunday in Tech Lacrosse Stadium. Kady McBrearty, Allie Emala and Rachel Culp had two goals apiece while Culp also dished out an assist and led the team with three points.

Though the Hokies had the first goal of the contest thanks McBrearty's unassisted goal three minutes into the game, the Buckeyes fired back strong scoring three consecutive goals. Emala ended the streak off an assist from Rachel Culp, bringing the score to 3-2 with 21:53 left in the half.

Five out of the next six goals were scored by the Buckeyes. Culp was the last Hokie to find the net before the half. Fortunately, Tech goalkeeper Kari Morrison stood strong in goal with five straight saves to keep the halftime score at 7-3.

In the opening stages of the second half, the Hokies rallied with three straight goals after Ohio State's Amanda Shimp had the first goal of the second stanza.

Hokie defender Christina Griel took advantage of a fast break opportunity seven minutes into the period then found freshman Dylan Gardner for the goal. Emala followed Gardner's goal with a successful free position shot with 22:01 on the clock, brining the score to 8-5.

Kate Tracey's goal with an assist from Terri Cover just two minutes later brought the Hokies to within two goals, 8-6.

Beginning with a goal at 18:37, Ohio State then took control of the scoreboard with four unanswered goals. Culp ended the campaign with an unassisted goal with 4:14 left in the game. The five-goal deficit soon shrank as McBrearty succeeded in a free-position shot to bring the score to 12-8 with just 3:09 on the clock.

Jenna Reich converted a free-position shot with 1:44 left on the clock that brought the final score to 12-9.

Morrison led the team in ground balls with seven and made 11 saves on the day. Griel, Culp, and Kristen Burtch, each tied for second on the Tech squad with three ground balls each.

Next up, the Hokies face American University at noon on Saturday in Tech Lacrosse Stadium.