Sarah Blalock controlled the draw in the second half and finished with a career-high eight draw controls, which marked the most for a Louisville player this season. “We had our chances today and I was proud of our effort, but it comes down to limiting our mistakes,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “Give Virginia Tech credit for battling after we gained the lead, but we’ve got to find ways to win down the stretch.” The Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first three-plus minutes as Alex McNicholas and Chad both found the back of the net. Louisville pulled within one on two different occasions in the final six minutes, including on a goal by Brenna Shanahan with 1:10 to go. They then had a shot with time winding down, but Caroline Blalock’s shot hit the post. Story Links BLACKSBURG, Va. – Tessa Chad scored six goals, but University of Louisville women’s lacrosse could not overcome a late Virginia Tech rally as they fell 17-16 in Blacksburg on Saturday afternoon. Overall, the Cardinals defense held the Hokies scoreless for the first 8:40 of the second half. But, the Louisville lead would not last as Virginia Tech answered with seven of the next eight goals over a 15-minute stretch to build a 16-14 lead. Shayla Scanlan scored three of the six goals during the stretch, while Chad added two of her own and Ally Hall also got in on the action. Paige Richbourg finished with a team-high five ground balls, while Shay Clevenger added four of her own. “We switched up our offense, were unselfish and we started competing on draws,” said Teeter on the 6-0 stretch to start the half. “Tessa and Shayla are goal scorers and we were finding them in good spots.” With the defeat, Louisville falls to 4-8 on the year and 0-4 in ACC play, while the Hokies improve to 8-4 and 1-1 in league play. Coming out of the locker room, Louisville scored the first six goals to take a 13-9 lead with 21:43 to go. The Cardinals return home to host Delaware on Sunday at 12 p.m. ET. Print Friendly Version Virginia Tech then rallied to take the lead 3-2 and went into the break with a 9-7 lead. Box Score (PDF) Chad finished with six goals on 11 shots for her eighth hat trick of the year, while Scanlan added four goals on five shots for her fourth hat trick. Hall also had three goals for her third hat trick of the season. Louisville outshot Virginia Tech 36-30, but managed just three saves.