April 2, 2010
No. 3 Tar Heels top Tech, 19-3
Brooke Martin leads the Hokies with two goals.
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Virginia Tech (4-8) 123
(3) North Carolina (9-1) 12719
  • Fetzer Field - 635

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Virginia Tech lacrosse team dropped its third conference match of the season as No. 3 North Carolina topped the Hokies, 19-3. Freshman Brooke Martin paced the Hokies with two scores in the game, while four different Carolina players tallied three goals.

Tech (4-8, 0-3 ACC) began the game winning the first draw easily, but an early turnover would lead to two Carolina (9-1, 2-1 ACC) goals in a row. Another Tech turnover allowed the Tar Heels to get out to an early 3-0 lead.

Carolina tallied five goals in the first ten minutes, from five different players, and tacked on four more by the 20-minute mark. Tech nearly scored its first goal, 15 minutes into the half, when junior Allie Emala flicked a quick pass to freshman Emile Hunter but Hunter missed, wide right, hitting the outside of the right post.

The Hokies continued to work hard to avoid the shutout and were able to get on the board with just over seven minutes remaining in the half. Emala dropped a quick pass in to Martin for her and the team’s first goals of the day.

Carolina’s scoring slowed towards the end of the half but it was able to put in two more goals before the buzzer. The Tar Heels ended the first half with four different players tallying at least three points, including two players, Corey Donohoe and Becky Lynch, totaling five points.

Although the second half began with a running clock, the play looked extremely similar to the start of the game with the Heels burying four, instead of five, goals in the first ten minutes.

With 15 minutes left in the game, Emala was in the left corner of the shooting space and found a cutting Martin towards the goal but the opportunity for Tech’s second goal of the game went straight into the goalies’ stick as she made the save.

Nearly ten minutes later, the Hokies would finally get that second goal as Martin got the ball, brought it into the shooting space and made her way through the defense to find the back of the goal. Tech made it three on the day as sophomore Jessica Nonn extended her scoring streak to all 12 games this year, with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

The Heels finished the game with seven different players scoring at least two goals.

Alex Gale earned her second consecutive start in goal, making six saves in her second complete game of the season. For the Heels, Logan Ripley got the win and made four saves against the Hokies.

Tech will return home next week as it will play host to ACC and in-state rival Virginia on Wednesday, April 7 at 4 p.m.

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