April 14, 2010
Hokies slip past Lancers, 15-14
Gale makes a career-high 18 saves.
Virginia Tech (6-9) 7815
Longwood (6-7) 41014
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FARMVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Tech lacrosse team held on to capture its second straight victory, defeating the Longwood Lancers, 15-14. With the victory, the Hokies remain unbeaten against the Lancers under head coach Katrina Silva. For the third straight game, Tech’s offense was led by sophomore Morgan Widlake who had four scores on the day, while Karli Brentlinger led the Lancers with four as well.

Tech (6-9) got out to an early lead, scoring its first goal, ten seconds into the outing, courtesy of Widlake. Minutes later, junior Caitlyn Wier scored her first goal of the game on a pass from freshman Brooke Martin and Widlake tacked on another to make it 3-0.

Longwood (6-7), who had few possessions in the opening minutes, was finally able to score when Cara O’Brien scored her first goal of the game.

Freshman Alex Gale put her best performance of the year in her sixth consecutive start. With just under 13 minutes remaining in the first half Galestopped a one-on-one, breakaway goal and then seconds later saved a free position attempt by the Lancers.

On the clear after the save, Widlake repaid her goalie by rushing down the field and lengthening the lead back to three.

Back-and-forth scoring would ensue for the remainder of the half, but Tech would hold on to its lead to hit the locker room with the 7-4 edge.

Out of the break, Sam Stifler got the Lancers on the board in the first minute but the Hokies answered with two goals in a row from junior Allie Emala and another from Widlake.

Longwood inched closer, diminishing the Hokie lead as the teams continued to trade goals but the Lancers were able to get within two with just over 12 minutes remaining, forcing the Hokies to regroup with a timeout.

Seconds after the time out, Tech responded to its coach as sophomore Jessica Nonn scored immediately after and Gale came up with two more huge saves on the other side of the field, one coming on a free position attempt.

Despite Tech lengthening its lead again, the Lancers went on to score the final three goals of the game and get to within one with three minutes remaining, but the Hokies stepped up their defense and were able to hold on.

Gale finished the game with a career-high 18 saves. For Longwood, Juli Liebig made the start in goal, playing 54 minutes and making 12 saves.

Tech concludes regular season play with a trip to College Park, Md., to take on the No. 3 Terrapins on Saturday, April 17 at Noon.

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