Virginia Tech Storms Past Davidson

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Hokies opened up a 16-4 lead after one period and Davidson was never able to recover in falling 22-8 on the road in women's lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon.

Davidson fell to 4-6 on the season, while Tech snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 3-7 overall. The Hokies own the all-time series, 11-4 now, and have won every meeting since 2003.

Scoring for the 'Cats were Jen Crawford (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Haley Cook (Darien, Conn.) with a pair of goals each, while Erin Keitel (Carlsbad, Calif.), Jenna Mugele (Baltimore, Md.), Emily Rahill (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Anna Smith (Newburyport, Mass.) each score a goal apiece. Crawford picked up the 'Cats lone two assists to push her season points total to a team-best 32 (24 gls./8 asts.).

Erin McGuire (Bishopville, Md.) paced the team with four groundballs, matching her season-high, and four draw controls. In the last two games she had tallied nine total draw controls.

Five Hokies had a multi-goal game, led by Ryan Rotanz's four scores. Shannon Bone led 10 Virginia Tech players who recorded at least one assist with a game-high three of them.

Virginia Tech opened the game with five straight goals in the first seven minutes to grab a 5-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the board with a Crawford-to-Rahill goal and Cook registered the second goal, her 24th of the season, to make it 7-2 with 19:24 remaining in the half. Cook has scored in every game this year.

Another run, this one a 6-0 spurt, gave the Hokies a commanding 13-2 advantage that would grow to a score of 16-4, which they would take into halftime.

The Wildcats regrouped a bit in the second half, holding Tech to just six goals, while scoring four of their own. They opened the half with three straight goals from Keitel, Crawford and Cook to bring the score to 16-7.

A Mugele goal with 15:23 left in the game was the last score for Davidson as Virginia Tech scored the final five goals for the 22-8 decision.

Michelle Pav (Golden, Colo.) played all 60 minutes in goal, registering 10 saves on the afternoon. The Hokies' Alex Gale earned the win between the pipes with 11 saves.

For the game, Virginia Tech had a 10-shot (36-26) and 10-groundball (29-19) advantage on Davidson, but the 'Cats did equal the Hokies in draw controls at 16-apiece.

The Wildcats will return home to Richardson Stadium for a National Lacrosse Conference game on Saturday against Presbyterian, Mar. 27, at 1:00 p.m.


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