BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech lacrosse team ended its home slate on a high note, outing the American Eagles, 17-12, at Thompson Field. The victory was Tech’s third at home this season and second at Thompson Field. Sophomore Morgan Widlake led the Hokies on offense for the second game in a row as she scored a season-high six goals, while Amanda Makoid paced the Eagles with four.
Tech (5-9) got out to one of its strongest starts all season, putting five goals away in the opening eight minutes of the game, commanding a powerful presence and lead early on. Both Widlake and junior Shannon Bone buried two goals in Tech’s opening stretch.
The Eagles (5-9) finally got on the board, ten minutes in, but the Hokies maintained control of the game for the majority of the first half. Despite tacking on four more goals after American’s first, the Hokies allowed the Eagles to rally towards the end of the half and watched them score four additional goals in the final six minutes of the period to chip away at Tech’s lead, making it a four-goal game at the break.
American would add two goals more to its total, making it a 9-7 game, with 28 minutes to play after Makoid and Emily Burton scored a goal apiece in the opening minutes of the second half. Tech answered under a minute later as Widlake, along with freshman Julia Heaps, put an end to the streak and widened the Hokies’ lead to five again.
Tech was able to put the game away in the final 10 minutes after Widlake buried two goals in a row and junior Caitlyn Wier followed in similar fashion with two of her own, both assisted by freshman Emile Hunter.
Freshman Alex Gale earned the start and the win for Tech, making two saves in 30 minutes played, while classmate Alexis Carey finished out the second half for the Hokies and made seven saves. For the Eagles, Frankie Solomon got the start but played just ten minutes as Kaska Komosinski, who made seven saves, replaced her.The Hokies have two regular season games remaining and will first travel to Longwood on Wednesday, April 14 for a 4 p.m. game against the Lancers before wrapping up ACC play at Maryland on Saturday.
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