April 22, 2010
Hokies fall to No. 4 Virginia in ACC Tournament
Nonn leads Tech with three goals.
Virginia Tech (6-11) 246
Virginia (13-3) 11718
  • College Park, Md. - 338

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell to the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers, 18-6, in the first round of the ACC Tournament in College Park, Md. This is the second year in a row that the Hokies have had to face the Cavaliers twice in a season and the second time they dropped both games. Sophomore Jessica Nonn led the Hokie offense with three goals, while Kaitlin Duff and Brittany Kalkstein paced Virginia with four goals apiece.

Despite two early turnovers for the Cavaliers (13-3), which led to lengthy Tech (6-11) possessions, Virginia was on the board first, which allowed them to eventually get out to a comfortable 3-0 lead in the first nine minutes.

In the 21st minute the Hokies found the back of the net as junior Allie Emala buried a quick pass from classmate Caitlyn Wier, who was working the ball behind the goal.

Virginia added two more goals to make the game 5-1, which forced the Hokies to call a timeout. The regrouping opportunity was not as productive as Tech had hoped, as the Hokies allowed the Cavaliers to score less than 30 seconds later.

Tech struck again with six minutes remaining in the half when Nonn spun through defenders to extend her scoring streak to all 17 games this season, making the game 8-2.

Virginia’s Anne Thomas added two of the team’s three goals to close out the first half and give the Cavaliers the 11-2 advantage going into the halftime break.

The Cavaliers opened the second half with three goals in the first five minutes, two coming from Duff.

Sophomore Ryan Rotanz tried to get things going for Tech in the second half as she scored an unassisted goal, eight minutes into the period.

Offensive production slowed for much of the following 14 minutes of the half, as Duff added one for the Cavaliers, Duff added another, and Nonn tacked on her second goal of the game on a pass from sophomore Morgan Widlake. Minutes later, freshman Brooke Martin added another for the Hokies.

Nonn buried her third goal of the game with 47 seconds remaining of in the game after getting her own rebound and putting it away.

Freshman Alex Gale made her 12th start of the year and finished with two saves in 39 minutes. Classmate Alexis Carey also saw time in goal, making three saves in just over 20 minutes. Lauren Benner manned the pipes for the Cavaliers for most of the game and made five saves in the outing.

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