March 23, 2011

No. 16 William and Mary Routs Va. Tech

from press release

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Nine different Tribe players scored as the 16th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team earned its most lopsided victory of the season with a 21-8 win against Virginia Tech on Albert-Daly Field at Martin Family Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. With the triumph, W&M (4-3) improves to 3-0 at home this season.

Seniors Sarah Jonson and Grace Golden, both Tewaaraton Award Watch List selections, posted outstanding performances in the victory. Jonson set a single-game school record with nine caused turnovers to go with five draw controls, four ground balls and a goal, while Golden registered a game-high five goals (on six shots) with six draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls. The Manhasset, N.Y., native's draw control total ranks second on W&M's single-game list and is just one shy of the record set by Colleen Dalon in 2004.

Senior Ashley Holofcener also recorded an impressive effort with four goals, while sophomore Kyrstin Mackrides tallied four points on three goals and an assist. Senior Maggie Anderson, sophomore Caitlin Murphy and freshman Taelor Salmon all registered a pair of goals apiece.
Senior Emily Geary also helped key the victory, as she totaled nine saves and equaled a season best by allowing just eight goals.

"Overall, I was very pleased with our performance today," head coach Christine Halfpenny said following the win. "Although we were a little shaky in the first few minutes, we fought through it and quickly got back to our game plan. We used a lot of different players today, and there was no drop off going to our bench – it really helped us utilize our speed.

"Today wasn't a perfect performance and we still have some things to work on, but this win will help us gain confidence and momentum as we move forward."

Although Virginia Tech (6-4) jumped out to an early 3-2 advantage in the opening six minutes, the Tribe rattled off seven unanswered goals during an 11-minute span to build a comfortable 9-3 lead. Golden provided three of the seven goals, while Holofcener scored twice. Mackrides and Murphy also found the back of the cage during the game-changing stretch.

The Hokies ended a scoreless drought of 18:13 on a goal by Ryan Rotanz with 7:53 showing, but W&M closed the half on a 3-1 run to lead 12-5 at the intermission.

Golden and Holofcener already had four and three goals, respectively, at halftime, while Jonson provided six caused turnovers and three ground balls in the opening 30 minutes.

Although Tech got on the scoreboard first in the second stanza with a goal by Dylan Garner at 21:24, the College outscored the Hokies 9-2 the rest of the way. W&M utilized a balanced attack to close out the victory, as nine different players scored the final nine goals.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Penn State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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