April 7, 2010
Tech falls to No. 5 Virginia, 20-14
Widlake leads the Hokies with three goals.
Virginia (11-3) 11920
Virginia Tech (4-9) 6814
  • Thompson Field - 211

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Despite tallying 14 goals, a series-best against the Cavaliers, the Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell to No. 5 Virginia, 20-14, in its fourth-straight conference loss. The goal total is the second-best in a loss this year for Tech and the second-most Virginia has allowed all season. Sophomore Morgan Widlake led the resilient Hokie offense with three goals, while Caity Whiteley paced the Cavaliers with five scores.

Virginia (11-3, 4-1 ACC) took control of the game in the opening 15 minutes, scoring five goals before Tech (4-9, 0-4 ACC) could break through the defense and get on the board. Junior Liz Carpenter scored the Hokies’ first goal but went down with an injury immediately after. Less than a minute later, junior Dylan Garner made it a 2-5 game after burying a pass from freshman Brooke Martin.

Ten total goals would be scored of the next six minutes of play, including two minutes of back-and-forth scoring. Tech broke the sew-sawing action, when Widlake earned possession of the draw after an early start by Virginia and then took the ball straight to the goal and scored. Eleven seconds later, on nearly the same exact play, Widlake rushed down the field but was halted by a defender and forced to dump the ball off to freshman Emile Hunter, who made her way in front of the goal for a one-on-one with the goalie, slipping the ball past her into the bottom-left corner of the goal.

The Cavaliers counteracted the Hokies’ surge in offense and put three goals away to extend the lead back to five. Josie Owen scored a goal and assisted another in the short run.

Each team was able to put another goal on the board before halftime, as Virginia took an 11-6 lead into the break.

The first ten minutes of the second half looked a lot like the middle of the first half, though Tech took control of the game right away, nearly matching its first half production in just the opening minutes.

Junior Caitlyn Wier scored her first goal of the game just nine seconds into the half, but careless play by the Hokies allowed Virginia to score two free-position goals in a row, making the game 13-7.

The Hokies rallied together for their longest run of the game, scoring three-consecutive goals, including two from sophomore Ryan Rotanz, but true to form Virginia found a way to later match the scores and extend their lead even more.

Each team would tack on two more goals before the game’s end, though neither squad was able to find the back of the goal in the final five minutes.

Freshman Alex Gale earned the start for the Hokies and played nearly the entire game, she was relieved by classmate Alexis Carey for just a few minutes. Gale finished the game making 10 saves. For the Cavaliers, both Lauren Brenner and Kim Kolarik saw time in goal with Brenner earning the win and the start. Brenner finished the game with five saves.

The Hokies will wrap up home play this Saturday, April 10, as they host American at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.

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