April 1, 2011
No. 4 Tar Heels too much for Tech, claim 14-8 win
Rotanz leads offense with three scores
(4) North Carolina (9-2) 6814
Virginia Tech (8-5) 268
  • Thompson Field - 205

BLACKSBURG, Va. – In a hard fought game that saw the Hokies come within two late in the game, the Virginia Tech lacrosse team fell short to the fourth-ranked Tar Heels, 14-8, at Thompson Field. Junior Ryan Rotanz paced the Tech offense with three goals, while Carolina’s Corey Donohoe and Abbey Friend each scored three goals.

Donohoe started things off for the Tar Heels (9-2, 3-0 ACC) when she scored a minute and a half into the game, but consistent production would not begin until almost ten minutes later. Junior Jessica Nonn finally broke through the North Carolina defense, weaving through the opposition before burying her shot to tie things at one apiece.

Carolina responded less than a minute later with a goal from Laura Zimmerman that eventually sparked a five-goal run for the Heels. The run carried into the closing seconds of the first half, but four seconds before the intermission Nonn was fouled and awarded a free position attempt that she scored on to give Tech (8-5, 1-2 ACC) a little momentum entering the break.

The Hokies struggled with draw controls in the first half, going 0-9 in the first 30 minutes, though they were only outshot 17-11.

Carolina began the second half much like it did the first, as Margret Corzell added to the team’s 6-2 halftime lead with her second goal of the game.

Five minutes later a Carolina player flicked in a rebound off of a Tech free position shot in effort to get the ball back to the goalie. The own goal eventually sparked a three-goal run for the Hokies that included goals from Rotanz and senior Allie Emala to get the Tech within two with 15 minutes to go in the game.

Donohoe ignited the Heels offense again with under 13 minutes to go in the game, and Carolina quickly escaped the attacking Hokies scoring seven goals over the next eight minutes.

The Hokies put together a short, three-goal stint of their own in the closing minutes of the game that included two goals by Rotanz but the difference was made and too large to overcome.

Tech took 16 second-half shots to get back into the game and compensate for its problems on draws. The Heels finished the game with 14 more draws than the Hokies.

Sophomore Alex Gale got the start in cage for Tech and finished the evening with 10 saves, while Lauren Maksym saw the bulk of playing time in goal for the Heels and made all of the team’s 11 saves.

The Hokies return to action on Wednesday, April 6 when they travel to No. 7 Virginia for a 7 p.m. game.

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