February 14, 2009
Drexel drops Tech on last-minute goal
Emala and Culp pace Hokie offense
Virginia Tech (0-1) 639
Drexel (1-0) 4610
  • Vidas Field - 197

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – The Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team took an early lead, but could not hold off a late Drexel charge as the Hokies fell 10-9 to the Dragons on Saturday afternoon at Vidas Field.

Tech is now 0-1 with the loss, while Drexel opens the season 1-0.

The Hokies took a quick lead 45 seconds into the match when Rachel Culp (Sr., Kent, Ohio) gave Tech the early 1-0 advantage. Allie Emala (So., Baltimore, Md.) added to the Tech lead with her first goal of the season and tallied another score on a free position shot shortly after, putting the Hokies up 3-0 with 19:31 left in the first half. A goal by Jessica Nonn (Fr., Catonsville, Md.) built a four-goal cushion for the Hokies at eh 18:28 mark in the opening frame.

Despite the 4-0 Tech advantage, Drexel would continue to fight and the Dragons got on the board with a goal by Charlotte Wood at the 16:31 to go in the first frame.

A flurry of Tech yellow cards would allow Drexel to claw its way back. The Dragons scored three quick man-up goals to tie the game at four all with 5:52 left in the opening half, but the Hokies responded with a 2-0 run of their own with goals from Dylan Garner (So.,Cornelius, N.C.) and Tori O’Shea (Fr., Richmond, Va.).

Liz Carpenter (So., Lewes, Del.) opened the second half with a score, giving Virginia Tech the 7-4 lead. The two teams traded goals over the next 10 minutes, but Tech held the 9-6 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Drexel scored a goal at the 7:06 mark and the Hokie defense held strong until the last three minutes, but the Dragons picked up another score with 2:52 left to narrow the Tech lead to 9-8. Drexel then tied the match on a goal from Kimberly Kabernagel with 1:32 remaining. The game-winning goal came a mere eight seconds later as Katie Lawson put away her third goal of the match for the Dragons.

Kari Morrison (Sr., Springfield, Va.) started in net for Tech and made eight saves on the afternoon. The Dragons out-shot Tech 23-17, while also turning the ball over just 24 times compared to 31 by the Hokies. Emala led the Tech offense with three goals and an assist, while Culp tallied two scores in the match.

Freshmen Tori O'Shea and Nonn each scored the first goals of their Tech careers and five other Hokie freshmen made their collegiate debuts in Saturday's match.

Tech returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as it takes on Virginia in Charlottesville. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.

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