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Hokies Defeat in Hard Fought Battle To No. 7 Boston College

By Emily Snarzyk | March 25
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Jocelyn Torres, the freshman goalkeeper, had an amazing day of saves for the Hokies (Virginia Tech Athletics)

Virginia Tech had a hard-fought battle against Boston College, resulting in a 14-12 loss by the Hokies.

In the first quarter, Boston College started off strong with a shelling of 8-meter shots; all being saved by freshman goalie Jocelyn Torres. The first goal of the game was scored by Paige Tyson of Virginia Tech. Boston College was able to tie up the game with a goal by Mckenna Davis with 8:38 left in the first. Shortly after that, Kayla Martello scored another goal, along with another goal by Belle Smith. The Hokies were dominating the draws for the majority of the first quarter, and at the whistle, Boston College led Tech 3-1.

When the second quarter began, Boston College came out strong, with Jenn Medjid scoring less than thirty seconds into the start. This goal made history, as Jenn Medjid is now one of three players — along with Charlotte North and Sam Apuzzo — to hit 200 career goals in Boston College Lacrosse history. Virginia Tech came back strong after this goal, with four unanswered goals scored by Paige Tyson, Olivia Vergano, Ella Rishko, and Blair Guy. Virginia Tech continued to dominate the draw leading to many different opportunities. Boston College answered with two goals by Cassidy Weeks and Ryan Smith. Smith received a yellow card after her goal, allowing the Hokies some scoring opportunities. Ella Rishko completed her hat trick with two goals to push the Hokies to be in the lead. Jenn Medjid of Boston College tied the game up, and Olivia Vergano responded, bringing the end of the first half to have the Hokies leading 8-7.

After halftime, Hannah Mardiney came out strong to extend the Hokies’ lead by one. Belle Smith of Boston College was quick to answer with a goal to cut the lead by one. Kayla Martello and Shea Baker had two back-to-back goals to push the Eagles to a lead over the Hokies. Ella Rishko with another goal to tie the game, but Shea Baker for the Eagles extended their lead again. Jocelyn Torres had many beautiful saves for the Hokies that kept their fight alive. Boston College’s Ryan Smith extended the Eagles' lead by two, but Kayla Frank of the Hokies put a goal on the board to bring Boston College’s lead down to two. A yellow card against the Hokies meant a man advantage for the Eagles. The Hokies' defense was strong and did a great job at passing the cutters and not allowing for a goal against them. At the whistle, the Boston College Eagles were leading 12-11.

When the fourth quarter began, Boston College had a man advantage, and Kayla Martello for the Eagles scored her third one of the game, extending their lead. During the fourth, there was a lot of neutral zone play, with both teams trying to put some more goals on the board. Many 8-meters were taken, but to no avail to either team. With 8:04 left in the game, Eagles’ Shea Baker put another one on the board. Neither of the teams’ coaches shied away from using their timeouts to discuss game plans with their teams. Boston College began to apply some more full-field pressure to the Hokies, but Olivia Vergano was able to put one up for the Hokies with 46.8 seconds left in the game. The effort by the Hokies was not enough to come out for a win, and at the end of the final whistle, the scoreboard reflected Boston College’s 14-12 win over Tech.

Virginia Tech plays Duke next in Durham, N.C., on April 1, 2023, at 1 PM EST. The next home game for the Hokies will be on April 8, 2023, at noon EST against Louisville.