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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech lacrosse team returned with a vengeance after dropping its home opener as they defeated Presbyterian College, 19-5, at home. Tech’s offense turned it on midway through the first half to begin to put away what looked to be a close game. The Hokies were paced for the second consecutive game by sophomore Jessica Nonn who scored five, while juniors Caitlyn Wier and Allie Emala each added four. Jenna Handshoe and Jordan Newberry led the PC offense with two scores apiece. This is the eighth time in program history that the Hokies have bounced back with a win after opening the season with a loss.
Freshman Julia Heaps was the first to score for the Hokies (1-1) as she capitalized on a botched clear attempt by PC’s goalie and found the back of the net for her first score of the year. The Blue Hose (0-1) had a quick answer for the initial point, tying things up under a minute later as Handshoe scored her first goal of the game. Half a minute later Nonn took the lead back for Tech after burying her first of the game after receiving the ball from sophomore Julie Wolfinger. Nonn’s score began what would be a seven-goal run for the Hokies.
Scores by Wier and Emala made it a 6-1 game as each player added two goals before sophomore Liz Carpenter got on the board as well. Wier also tallied two assists to go along with her scores while Shannon Bone and Carpenter also earned assists.
The Blue Hose put one more on the board before the half as Brittni Dulaney scored her first of the year but the Hokies responded with two of their own after Nonn buried another and Weir slipped one in with three seconds remaining in the first half.
Tech picked up right where they left off after the break as junior Dylan Garner teamed up with Wier for her only goal of the game, just three minutes into the half. Emala added another quick score just over a minute later and struck again in the 18th minute.
The Hokies tacked on two more goals before PC could finally respond. The Blue Hose attempted to spark a late run, netting two in a row and a third, minutes later, but sophomore Ryan Rotanz broke the streak up with her first goal of the year. Rotanz would assist on Heap’s second score of the game before burying another of their own. Nonn closed the game out on a pass from Emala with 41 seconds remaining in the match.
Tech saw the full rotation in net against PC as freshman Alex Gale got the start and the win for the Hokies in her 30 minutes of play while classmates Alexis Carey and Katelyn Luker also saw time in goal. Susan England played the full 60 minutes on goal for the Blue Hose and made five saves in the loss.
The Hokies will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 24, as they make their first road trip of the season, traveling to James Madison for a 3 p.m. game.
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