Virginia Tech Scores Late to Edge William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (March 15, 2014)-The William and Mary lacrosse team was edged by Virginia Tech, 11-10, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Tribe (1-4) owned a pair of three-goal leads in the first half, but VT (3-4) outscored W&M, 5-2, in the final 30 minutes to earn the narrow victory. The College nearly tied the contest in the final second of play, but junior Amanda Johnson's shot on goal was stopped by the Hokies goalkeeper, Hannah Sieger, as the buzzer sounded. The exciting scoring opportunity came after senior Hannah Clarke forced a turnover inside W&M's own third and raced down the sideline to find Johnson for the potential tying goal.

W&M controlled most of the statistical categories, as it owned advantages in shots (22-19) and ground balls (19-13) and committed six fewer turnovers (12-18). However, Virginia Tech held a 13-10 edge in draw controls.

Senior Taelor Salmon led the Tribe with four goals, two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball, while junior Kaleigh Noon totaled three goals.

The College opened the contest playing well and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after a pair of goals by Salmon and a score by junior Alexi Farmakis.

However, VT responded by scoring four of the next five goals to tie the game at 4-4 with 12:05 remaining in the first half.

W&M reclaimed a three-goal advantage with a quick 3-0 spurt that included two scores by Noon and a one by Salmon in a span of just 1:27 to lead, 7-4, with 8:17 showing.

The score remained close, however, as the Tribe held a narrow 8-6 lead at halftime. Both Salmon and Noon came up big in the opening 30 minutes of action and recorded three goals apiece.

After trading goals in the opening 1:14 of the second half, Virginia Tech rallied back with a 4-1 run to lead 11-10 with 15:35 remaining and neither team would score again down the stretch.

The Tribe appeared to tie the game at 11-11 on a free position goal by Farmakis with 7:46 remaining, but the score was not allowed due to an illegal stick.

Prior to Johnson's game-tying attempt, Farmakis had another shot on goal in waning minutes of play but it was stopped by Sieger.

Megan Will led Virginia Tech with six points (4g, 2a), while Meg Bartley recorded a game-high six draw controls.

The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Albany on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Virginia Tech battled from down for much of the game but claimed a late, one-goal lead to pick up the 11-10 win over William & Mary at Martin Family Stadium Sunday afternoon. Megan Will led the Tech offense with four goals and two assists, while Taelor Salmon also tallied four goals for William & Mary.

Tech (4-4) trailed by one goal for most of the game, letting the difference get only as large as three on two occasions, but finally broke through and took its first lead of the day midway through the second half. The Hokies tied things up three times before claiming the advantage, as William & Mary (1-4) was always able to respond first to the Hokie attack.

The Tribe began the game scoring three straight goals, two of which were free position scores for Salmon. Will put Tech on the board ten minutes into the game with a free-position goal of her own, and Jessi Thon added another 8-meter score for the Hokies five minutes later.

With just over 12 minutes remaining until the half, back-to-back goals from Will gave the game its first tie at four apiece, but William & Mary responded with three straight scores to reestablish the distance, making it 7-4. Following the run Tech switched things up in goal, subbing in Hannah Sieger for starter Meagh Graham.

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