BLACKSBURG, Va. – Behind a high-intensity offensive effort led by Megan Will and Jessi Thon, the Virginia Tech lacrosse team took down Coastal Carolina, 18-9, at Thompson Field Saturday afternoon. Will put away four goals and assisted four more in the victory, while Thon added a career-best three and three to spark the Hokie attack. Leading the Chanticleers was Sara Nolan with three goals and an assist.
Tech (5-4) heated up quickly on offense as Cawley Bromley, who made her second straight start, found Thon for Tech’s first score. Nolan evened things up less than a minute later with an unassisted goal, but Bromley sparked a 9-0 run for the Hokies with back-to-back goals to regain the lead and create a comfortable distance.
Will and Meg Bartley added two goals each during the offensive surge, but it was Nolan again that broke up the momentum, this time with a free position goal. The Chanticleers (2-7) scored two more goals on Tech fouls to string together some production on their own. Kristine Loscalzo halted the run as she connected on a pass from Will, who tacked on another to help the Hokies take a 12-5 lead into the half.
Tech outshot the Chanticleers 19-8 in the opening period, and dominated the draw, 13-4.
Bartley, who finished with four goals in the game, got things going for the Hokies in the second half, and Will’s goal three minutes into the new half began a run that would bring the game to a ten-goal difference. Bartley won the draw that followed Will’s goal and that gave her sole possession of third place on Tech’s all-time draws list. She finished the game with seven, which ups her career total to 163. Will also made history in the game as she joined the all-time scoring list, ranking 10th with 96 goals so far in her career.
The game saw a running clock for the majority of the second half, as the difference never back under ten goals until Coastal scored under the two-minute mark. Tech was able to get game experience for every player on the roster except the injured Haley Lukefahr.
The Hokies outshot Coastal 31-15 and won 19 of the 28 draws in the game. Bromley followed up an impressive performance last game at William & Mary with another four-point outing, scoring two goals and assisting two more. Jack Boissonneault also added three points for Tech, by way of two goals and an assist.
Meagh Graham and Hannah Sieger each played a half in goal for Tech. Graham got the start and the decision, making just one save and allowing five goals, while Sieger finished with three saves and allowed four scores. Trista Kuehn started for Coastal but played just nine minutes and allowed the first six goals of the game. She was replaced by Jenna Stover, who made four saves in the game.
The Hokies return to the road and conference play this week as they travel to No. 1 North Carolina on Wednesday, March 26 for a 6 p.m. game.
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