March 22, 2014
Blacksburg, Va. - The Coastal Carolina women’s lacrosse team lost an 18-9 decision to a tough Virginia Tech squad Saturday afternoon at Thompson Stadium. The Chanticleers (2-7, 0-0) surrendered nine consecutive goals in 17 minutes in the first half, giving the Hokies (5-4, 0-2) an insurmountable lead.
Sophomore Sara Nolan, who entered Saturday’s game with a team-leading 15 goals, added three more markers and one assist to bring her season points total to 21. Sophomores Rachel Waldron and Keri White each had two goals, as did freshman Alicia Geiter. White additionally had one assist, and sophomore Rachel Ferrara provided a helper as well.
Waldron led the Chants in draw controls with three while Austin Brown recorded a team-high two caused turnovers. Brown, Lauren Thomas, Karley Barreno and Rachel Wagner each picked up two ground balls for the Chanticleers.
Megan Will and Meg Bartley led the Hokie offense with four goals apiece. Will also assisted on four other goals to record a game-high eight points. Jessi Thon (3g, 3a, 6pts), Cawley Bromley (2g, 2a, 4pts) and Jack Bolssonneault (2g, 1a, 3 pts) also provided multiple goals for the Hokies, while Maghan Macera, Julie Heaps and Kristine Loscalzo rounded out Virginia Tech’s goal-scorers with one tally apiece.
A Virginia Tech goal by Thon opened the scoring just three minutes in, but Nolan countered with an unassisted goal for the Chants at 26:23 of the first half to even the score at 1-1.
Two goals by Bromley started the Hokies’ 9-0 run that took up 17 minutes of the first half. Nolan ended the Hokies’ run at 7:33 of the first half, scoring her 17th goal of the season. Two more Coastal goals by Geiter and White followed to cut Coastal’s deficit to six.
Tech found the back of the net three more times, and Coastal once, before the end of the first half to give the Hokies a 12-5 lead.
Virginia Tech continued to control play in the second half, not allowing the Chants to string together consecutive goals until the final minutes of play when Nolan scored her third of the day, and Waldron her second, to close out the game’s scoring.
Meagh Graham was given the win in net for Virginia Tech, recording one save and allowing five goals in the first half. Hannah Sieger replaced Graham after the half, closing out the game with three saves and allowing four goals.
Trista Kuehn, the goalie of record for Coastal, was pulled nine minutes into the first half after allowing six goals. Freshman Jenna Stover spent the remaining 51 minutes between the pipes, making four saves and allowing 12 goals.
Virginia Tech now holds an all-time record of 2-0 over the Chanticleers after defeating Coastal 18-8 at Brooks Stadium last season.
The Chanticleers have a week off before they return to action to begin play against Big South Conference opponents. Coastal opens conference play on March 29, when it hosts Campbell for a 1 p.m. match at Brooks Stadium.