March 13, 2010
Eagles defeat Hokies in ACC opener
Seven different Tech players score in 14-9 loss
Virginia Tech (2-5) 549
Boston College (5-0) 8614
  • Newton Campus Field - 112

NEWTON, Mass. – The Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse team battled hard but was unable to catch up to Boston College, falling 14-9 in both team’s conference opener. Juniors Shannon Bone and Allie Emala led the seven Hokie scorers with two goals apiece, while Lauren Costello paced the Eagles’ offense with five scores.

The Hokies (2-5, 0-1 ACC) were the first to possess the ball but a turnover on BC’s end of the field led to the Eagles (5-0, 1-0 ACC) putting away two quick goals. A third goal would follow, just under two minutes later, after another Tech turnover near the Eagles’ goal, causing the Hokies to call an early timeout to regroup.

Coming out of the timeout the Eagles were able to tack on another quick goal, courtesy of Sam Taylor, but Bone got Tech on the board seconds later after rushing down the field with the ball to score.

Tech’s freshman goalkeeper Alexis Carey came up big, saving a free position attempt from the Eagles to get Tech the ball back. The Eagles would attempt two more free position shots before finally capitalizing and creating a 5-1 differential.

With just under 16 minutes remaining in the first half, freshman Brooke Martin was fouled just outside the shooting space and with the open look towards the net, she hit a cutting Emala who quickly turned and scored to cut the Eagles’ lead to four.

The Hokies kept the momentum going after their second score, as juniors Liz Carpenter and Dylan Garner found the back of the net. Carpenter scored after picking up a loose ball from Caitlyn Wier’s shot that dinged off the left post and Garner buried a mid-range shot after a long Tech possession, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.

The Eagles were able to break up Tech’s three-goal run when Brooke Blue scored two quick goals in a row towards the end of the half, but sophomore Jessica Nonn extended her scoring streak to seven games with 2:16 remaining, making the score 8-5 in favor of the Eagles heading into the break.

Costello came out of the break to dominate the slower-paced second half for the Eagles, burying three goals in the first 10 minutes of the half.

Tech would etch at the BC lead with goals from Emile Hunter, Ryan Rotanz and another from Bone and Emala, but were never able to get within less than four for the remainder of the game.

Alexis Carey made her second consecutive start against the Eagles, making three saves in 30 minutes played. Alex Gale relieved her classmate in the second half and finished the day with four saves. Sheila Serafino manned the goal for Boston College making three saves in her complete game.

The Hokies will have a quick turnaround after their conference opener and will play host to the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday, March 17. The game will hopefully be the team’s first at Thompson Field this season and will begin at 4 p.m.

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