February 13, 2010
Tech drops home opener to Drexel, 13-9
Nonn nets three in first home game of season
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Drexel (1-0) 7613
Virginia Tech (0-1) 549
  • Moseley Pract. Field - 150

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell in its home opener, 13-9, to the Drexel Dragons battling low temperatures and a snow-surrounded field. The two teams battled the entire game but the Dragons took the edge late in the second half and were able to hold off the Hokies in the final minutes.

This is the fourth time the two teams have matched up in a season opener and the second year in a row the Dragons have taken the victory. Tech’s attack was led by junior Jessica Nonn as she scored three goals while Katie Lawson scored four for the Dragons.

Drexel (1-0) would strike first as it went up 2-0 in the opening minutes of the game but Tech (0-1) would soon answer after sophomore Shannon Bone buried a free position goal to get things going for the Hokies. Freshman Brooke Martin tied things up at two apiece just minutes later with her first-career goal. Making it three in a row, junior Liz Carpenter found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to give Tech the go-ahead.

The Dragons would answer with three of their own after Charlotte Wood buried a free position shot, Lindsay Kover scored her second of the game, and Lawson found the back of the net.

Nonn and Bone would each add scores for Tech before the half, making the score 7-5 in favor of Drexel at the break.

The first half was plagued by physical play after a whopping seven yellow cards were issued in the first 30 minutes alone. Things would continue in a similar way in the second half as both teams were battling in the close game.

Senior captain Jacquleyn Duggins was the first to strike for Tech in the second half, scoring her first-career goal just minutes into the final period. The Dragons had an answer for the quick goal as they scored one of their own but the Hokies would not let the score slow their momentum. Nonn took over for Tech, sending two powerful shots to the back of the net in a three-minute span to tie the game at eight. Junior captain Dylan Gardner earned an assist on Nonn’s final goal.

The Dragons nearly put the game away after scoring four goals to close out the game. Just before the fourth goal was scored, Nonn received her second yellow card of the game, removing her from play for the remainder of the contest and minutes later Kover received a red card after her physical play with Hokie defender Sam Voelker. The penalty bounced Kover from the game and Voelker was forced out due to injury.

Junior Allie Emala tacked on one more for the Hokies with just under four minutes to play, Bone earned an assist on the play, but despite numerous efforts by Tech in the closing minutes, the Hokies were unable to come up with anymore offense.

Freshman goalie Alexis Carey earned her first collegiate start in the game and though she only played a half, she finished the game having made seven saves. Freshman Alex Gale saw action in the game as well, logging 30 minutes of play in the second half and making one save. For Drexel, Whitney Johnson played the full 60 minutes and made nine saves.

The Hokies will return to action in exactly one week as they host Presbyterian on Saturday, Feb. 20 at home, at 1 p.m.

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