BLACKSBURG, Va. – If sophomore Sydney Rausa of the University of Delaware women’s lacrosse team was in an old school video game, she would be “on fire”.

Rausa posted her third straight hat trick, this time a career-high four goals, against #17 Virginia Tech on Sunday, but the Hokies were able to pull out the 17-10 victory.

“We’ve done a consistent job of winning the first five minutes of games and we did so again today,” head coach Kateri Linville said. “I was proud of the way we competed for 60 minutes against another quality opponent. We need to continue to improve upon our execution and we will.”

Rausa had a career day for the Blue Hens with her second straight game with four points, this time coming from four goals. Senior Beckly Gohsler posted four assists for the second time in the past three games, while Megan Santoleri and Christine Long both had multi-goal games for Delaware.

The Blue Hens took momentum early with two goals from Rausa and a goal from Mia DeRuggiero to grab a 3-0 advantage in the first 10 minutes.

VT responded with three goals in a two-minute span, but the Blue Hens responded once again with Santoleri’s first goal of the day to take a 4-3 lead with 18 minutes to play in the first half.

The Hokies showed their potent offensive attack by scoring six of the game’s next eight goals on their way to a 10-6 halftime cushion.

Goals from Long and Rausa late in the second half got the Blue Hens within 14-9, but the Hokies scored three goals in the final six minutes to secure the 17-10 lead.

Delaware returns to action on Saturday, March 25 when they travel to Bryant for a 12 p.m. showdown.