CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In a game that saw five ties and six lead changes, the second-half showdown ended in favor of the Boston College Eagles, as the Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell 10-8 in its quarterfinal game of the ACC Tournament, played at Fetzer Field on the North Carolina campus. Jack Boissonneault, Brooke Martin and Libby Rosebro all scored two goals for the Hokies, whose eight goals set a new program best in the ACC Tournament. Boston College’s Covie Stanwick totaled five goals in the game.
After a close first half, the second half showed no sign of either team letting up. Boston College (12-6), hit the locker room with a 4-3 lead at the break, but the Hokies (8-8) were the first to score in both periods. The Eagles took just a one-goal advantage in each half to earn the win.
The game began with Martin striking first for the Hokies when she spun in front of the goal and scored for the early 1-0 lead three minutes into the game.
Five minutes later the Eagles were able to put away their first goal of the game when Moira Barry buried a free position shot to tie the game. They wasted no time to take their first lead of the game as Mikaela Rix drove straight to the goal on the left side for the score.
Tech did not allow the Eagles’ lead to last long, and Rosebro put a pass from Megan Will in the back of the goal less than a minute later. Martin saved the ball and the possession on the end line and quickly relayed it to Will outside the 8 to set up the goal.
Nearing halftime, the Hokies responded when Kelly Naslonski made it a one-goal game with just under two minutes remaining in the first half.
Boissonneault sparked the Hokies with a free position goal to begin the new half, but Stanwick and Sarah Mannelly scored back-to-back goals to regain the lead within the first five minutes of play.
Still within the first ten minutes of the new half, Rosebro stuck with her original shot that ricocheted off the Boston College goalie’s stick, and took a different angle to find the back of the goal. The Rosebro goal ignited the Hokies, as Boissonneault and later Will helped get the lead back in Tech’s hands, at 7-6.
Midway through the half, Rix got things going for the Eagles when she started what would be a four-goal run. Martin halted the streak and attempted to get things going for Tech, when she buried a shot with 3:34 on the clock, making it a 10-8 game.
Tech called a timeout with 57 second left to play, but a turnover immediately out of the regrouping helped Boston College seal the win.
After the Eagles outshot Tech 10-9 in the first half, the Hokies reversed the advantage and both teams finished the game taking 19 shots. Tech took the edge on ground balls, 11-8, but the Eagles held steady on the draw, 13-7.
Alex Gale suffered the loss and finished the year with an 8-8 overall record and made three saves in the game. Emily Mata was in cage for the Eagles and made six saves against the Hokies.
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