March 15, 2008
Wellesley, Mass. - Boston College rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat ACC-foe Virginia Tech, 10-9, and tally its first conference win of the season. Junior captain Jenna McCabe recorded four points while freshman goalkeeper Sheila Serafino registered her first collegiate win in a 12-save performance. The Eagles improved to 2-4 on the season, 1-1 in the ACC. The Hokies dropped to 2-7, 0-2 in conference play.
Virginia Tech took an early lead, scoring the first four goals of the game. With 22:48 to play in the first half, freshman Kate Horsman notched her fourth goal of the season to put the Eagles on the board. The Hokies scored twice more to give them a 6-1 lead with 16:10 remaining.
Junior Lauren Fitzpatrick netted two of her three goals in 30 seconds to bring the Eagles within three. Junior Maura Mahoney tallied her seventh goal on a free position shot at 9:52, but with three minutes to play Kate Tracey registered her own free position goal to keep her team's three-goal lead.
The Eagles came out firing in the second half, scoring the first five goals on the period. McCabe nailed an unassisted goal at 26:10, which was followed by sophomore Lauren Costello's unassisted score less than five minutes later. McCabe converted a free position shot to tie the game at 7-7 with 20:02 to play.
The Eagles pulled ahead on McCabe's third goal of the day, another unassisted score, and then increased the lead to two when Costello nailed her second goal. Kady McBrearty gained a little ground for the Hokies by recording her fourth goal at the 12:50 mark, but Fitzpatrick scored off a McCabe assist with 8:04 to play.
McBrearty notched the final goal of the day with almost six minutes to play to bring Tech within one. Serafino made a key save on a free position attempt with 3:35 left to keep BC's lead. The Eagles held possession for almost the entire final three minutes to preserve the win.
Serafino's 12 saves included three off free position shots in her 57:02. Hokie goalie Kari Morrison made 10 saves and played all 60 minutes. The Hokies outshot the Eagles, 27-26, and both team collected 18 ground balls. BC controlled 14 draws while Tech picked up seven. Fitzpatrick led the team with three caused turnovers.
The Eagles travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on the Minutewomen on Saturday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.