March 17, 2010
No. 3 Duke dominates Tech, 18-6
Wier and Bone lead Hokies with two goals each.
(3) Duke (8-1) 9918
Virginia Tech (2-6) 336
  • Thompson Field - 100

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech lacrosse team got out to an early lead and kept Duke close in the opening minutes but eventually fell, 18-6, in its first game at Thompson Field this season. Junior Caitlyn Wier and sophomore Shannon Bone led the Hokie offense with two goals each while Lindsay Gilbride paced the Blue Devils with five goals.

The Hokies (2-6, 0-2 ACC) came out attacking as Bone put Tech on the board first, just five minutes into the game, but Sarah Bullard would even things up in no time as Duke (8-1, 1-1 ACC) tacked on two more after the initial score to gain a quick, 3-1, lead. Wier helped the Hokies inch closer, burying her first of the game just under ten minutes into the first half. Less than a minute later, Duke began what would be a four-goal run to lengthen its lead and gain a comfortable advantage.

Sophomore Jessica Nonn extended her scoring streak to eight games off a pass from classmate Morgan Widlake with six minutes remaining in the half, but the Blue Devils rallied for two more scores, including one with 11 seconds remaining, to take the 9-3 advantage into the halftime break.

The Blue Devils made it their game in the second half, not allowing Tech to score until just over seven minutes remaining in the game, while also tallying seven more goals of their own, including two quick ones from Bullard, to start the half.

Tech tried to get things going late in the game as Wier and Bone each found the back of the net, 24 seconds apart, but it was too little too late for the Hokies as that was the last of the offense they were able to produce.

Alexis Carey played her best game of the season against the Blue Devils, playing over 42 minutes and making a career-high 11 saves. Alex Gale also saw time in goal as she made four saves in 14 minutes played. For Duke, Kaitlin Gaiss earned the win, playing just two minutes shy of a complete game, and making three saves while allowing five scores.

The Hokies will continue play at home on Saturday, March 20, as they host No. 18 William and Mary at 1 p.m.

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