This past weekend the Gamecocks headed north to battle the Hokies of Virginia Tech in Salem, Virginia. Coming off a 1-1 weekend in Tallahassee, we knew we needed to have our best week of practice yet before taking on Virginia Tech. After the game this past weekend, four of the last five contests between the two schools have been decided by just one goal, two of those games required overtime to find the victor.
Virginia Tech (VT 5 – SC 4)
By the time the sun had risen Saturday morning, we were already on our way to Southern Virginia with a mission to return home to Columbia with a victory.
When we arrived at Salem High School, we were greeted by cooler weather than we usually play in down in South Carolina. Fortunately, the weather warmed up significantly before the opening face-off.
The Hokies found the back of the net first, but the Gamecocks would respond with a goal from Will Scott. Both teams went back and forth during the first half; Ryan Norton tallied the next two goals for the Gamecocks. Carolina and Virginia Tech entered the midway break at a 3-3 tie.
Virginia Tech would score twice in the third quarter, setting the score at 5-3 entering the final stretch of the game. Freshman Russell Coulter found twine just sixteen seconds into the fourth quarter, cutting the VT lead to just one goal. Despite countless great looks, we were not able to capitalize and find the back of the net again, leaving us one goal short when the final horn sounded.
Thank you to all the parents who contributed in setting up the tailgate after the game Saturday or help out the program in any way throughout the year, it’s always greatly appreciated.
South Carolina takes a trip down to New Orleans to start spring break and participate in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Series. We will roll into “The Big Easy” to face Alabama Friday night, Houston Saturday afternoon, and Texas State on Sunday afternoon.
We’re looking forward to our rematch with the Crimson Tide after last year’s close game in Columbia. We’re also excited for the chance to represent the SELC against our LSA competition, Houston and Texas State.