March 9, 2011
Tech falls to American, 18-7
Nonn, Emala score two apiece
Virginia Tech (5-2) 437
American (3-3) 71118
  • Jacobs Field - 357

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Virginia Tech Lacrosse team fell to American, 18-7, on the road Wednesday afternoon, handing Tech its worst loss of the season so far, while also holding the Hokies to their fewest goals scored. Chiara Speziale paced American with four goals, while Allie Emala and Jessica Nonn each scored two goals for Tech.

Tech (5-2) got out to a slow start and let up early, allowing four different American (3-3) players to score in the first 12 minutes of the game. The uncharacteristic start for the Hokies was caused by early turnovers and an inability to win draws.

The Hokies were able to eventually get on the board in the 16th minute when junior Morgan Widlake buried a pass from Emala to make it 4-1. American answered less than a minute later as Emily Stankiewicz put away her second goal of the day.

Just under the two-minute mark in the first half Nonn sparked the Tech offense when she scored on a free position shot. Nonn struck again with just over a minute remaining on a pass from Emala to lessen the lead to 7-4, American, at the intermission.

It was all American in the second half, as the Eagles scored six goals in the first 15 minutes of the half. Senior Caitlyn Wier made a spin move towards the goal in the 14th minute to try and spark some offense for the Hokies but they were unable to really build on the goal.

American’s Emily Burton and Speziale each add two more scores and Emala buried a shot for Tech with under two minutes to go, to close out the game.

The Eagles outdid the Hokies all afternoon and finished the game with a 34-16 shooting edge, and a 14-8 draw control lead.

Sophomore Alexis Carey made her first start of the season and finished the day with four saves. Carey played the entire first half and the latter half of the second. She was relieved at the start of the half by classmate Alex Gale, who made two saves. Kasha Komosinski was in cage for the Eagles and finished the afternoon with three saves.

Tech will return to action on Saturday, March 12 as the team kicks off conference play by hosting No. 16 Boston College at Noon at Thompson Field.

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