February 12, 2011
Hokies open season with 18-13 win over Panthers
Nonn and Emala continue scoring streaks
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Virginia Tech (1-0) 12618
High Point (0-1) 4913
  • Vert Stadium - 842

HIGH POINT, N.C. -

The Virginia Tech lacrosse team earned its first season-opening victory since 2006, as it defeated High Point 18-13 at Vert Stadium on the High Point campus. This was the inaugural game for the Panthers, who were led by Grace Gaeng with five scores. The Hokies were paced by senior Allie Emala, who put five goals away, while junior Jessica Nonn also had a big day, scoring four goals as both players continued scoring streaks from last season.

Tech (1-0) got out to a quick start, scoring its first goal 21 seconds into the game. Morgan Widlake took the ball from midfield to the back of the goal after a foul on the draw control to get Tech on the board first.

Minutes later, Jessica Nonn put the Hokies up 2-0 when she scored her first goal of the season on a free position attempt. The goal carried her scoring streak from last season into 2011, putting her at 18 consecutive games with at least one goal.

The Panthers (0-1) got on the board in the 27th minute, when Chelsea Thompson buried a pass from Gaeng.

After some back-and-forth play, Emala scored her first goal of the season in the 16th minute and would rally for three-straight over the next 5:37, with help from Caitlyn Wier on the second and Brooke Martin on the third.

The Panthers struck again in the fourth minute, but the Hokies tacked on one more with 12 seconds remaining in the half when Julia Heaps went one-on-one with her defender and found the back of the goal, giving Tech the 12-4 edge at the intermission.

In the second half, Nonn came out of the locker room with a vengeance scoring two goals right away and Heaps found the back of the goal with her second score of the day, but High Point would follow the three Hokie-scores with two of its own.

As the pace slowed in the second half, freshman Kelly Naslonski broke up the Panthers’ short run with her first career goal after receiving a pass from Ryan Rotanz behind the cage and put it away immediately.

Tech allowed the Panthers to gradually chip away at its large lead after they added four more goals. High Point went for two at a time with their scoring runs, but both rallies were broken up by Emala goals.

The Hokies let up in the second half, allowing the Panthers to score nine goals after putting away just four in the first half, but still outshot High Point 33-24 in the game.

Alex Gale got the start in goal and made seven saves on the day. Lauren Hayes manned the cage for the Panthers and made 10 in her 2011 debut.

The Hokies will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 19 as they travel to Presbyterian College for a 3 p.m. game.

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