February 27, 2010
Hokies fall just short to George Mason, 11-7
Nonn's three goals lead the Tech offense
Virginia Tech (1-3) 257
George Mason (1-2) 7411
  • RAC Field

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Hokies overcame a big first half deficit but the Patriots turned it on late in the game to claim the 11-7 victory over Tech. Jessica Nonn led the Hokies with three goals, extending her scoring streak to four games, while Emily Ellison led the Patriots with five scores.

George Mason (1-2) was the first to strike in the game, but Tech (1-3) got out to an early lead when Allie Emala answered the Mason score with an unassisted goal of her own. The goal was later followed by Nonn’s 10th score of the year. Emile Hunter earned her first-career assist on Nonn’s goal.

Minutes after Tech took a 2-1 lead, the Patriots claimed it back with what would be a six-goal run and a 7-2 leave at halftime. Madalyn Jamison earned four points during the run, assisting three goals and scoring another, while Ellisen put three goals away to finish out the half.

The Hokies changed the pace of the game in the second half when they went on a run of their own and didn’t allow the Patriots to score until late in the half.

Brooke Martin started things off for Tech as she scored her second goal of the season after finding and controlling the rebound from Caitlyn Wier’s initial shot. A few seconds later, Nonn buried her second goal of the game when she found a loose ball in front of the goal and was able to roll it in on the ground with a flick of her stick.

With 11 minutes remaining, Liz Carpenter would strike again for Tech, on a pass from Dylan Garner, that would cause the Patriots to call a timeout and collect themselves, but the down time didn’t help as Morgan Widlake put one away on pass from Shannon Bone just a minute later.

Nonn would score another before George Mason found an offensive rhythm late in the game. Ellisen sparked the late scoring for the Patriots, putting in their first goal of the second half with 7:24 remaining. Jamison buried another goal just seconds later and the Patriots scored two more times to close out the game and put it out of reach for Tech.

Alex Gale earned her third consecutive start against George Mason, making one save in 30 minutes played. Alexis Carey took over in goal in the second half, making four saves. Sara Longobucco stopped seven shots for the Patriots in the game.

The Hokies will return to action on Sunday, March 7 as they begin a three-game road trip that will begin with a 1 p.m. game at George Washington.

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