February 23, 2011

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Va. Tech Enjoys Best Start Since 1999

from press release

DAVIDSON, N.C. - For the first time since 1999, the Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team improved to 3-0 to begin the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats 15-5 at Richardson Stadium in Wednesday night. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 on the year.

After not scoring at all against Presbyterian College last weekend, junior Jessica Nonn returned to true form at Davidson, burying three goals in the first half and four in the game. Her first of the evening came after senior Allie Emala’s free position attempt was blocked and loose in front of the goal. Nonn found the stray ball and put it in the goal.

Tech took off after Nonn’s initial goal, scoring three more in a row. The Hokies were able to keep the Wildcats off the board until the 16th minute, when Jenna Mugele put away a pass from Erin Keitel.

Though the Hokies controlled the ball for much of the half, the Wildcats took the edge on draws, 8-4, awarding them possession but the 10 turnovers disrupted most opportunities.

To end the half, sophomore Julia Heaps received a pass on a fast break and sent a powerful shot into the back of the net just as the buzzer went off to give Tech a 9-3 advantage at the half.

Heaps carried over her half-ending momentum after the break and scored Tech’s first goal of the second half. Following the score, the Hokies tacked on two more early as the pace of the game slowed.

A scoring drought for both teams would ensue after junior Ryan Rotanz’s goal in the 16th minute put Tech up by ten, 13-3, allowing the clock to run.

Nearly ten minutes later, Davidson’s Alanna Parker ended the running clock when she added a fourth goal for the Wildcats immediately after Nonn earned her second yellow card of the game.

The Hokies outshot Davidson 32-11 in the game, but the Wildcats kept the advantage on draw controls, finishing the game with 12, compared to Tech’s nine.

Sophomore Alex Gale made her third-straight start in cage for the Hokies and finished the day with three saves, while Jessica Melby made six saves on the night in goal.

Tech returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 26 as it hosts George Mason in its home opener at 1 p.m.


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