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Lacrosse program shows growth in 2022 season

NOIRSBOURG – In the first season under the head coach Kristen SkiraVirginia Tech’s lacrosse program posted a 9-9 overall record in a season that included the program’s first-ever win over JMU, a thrilling win over Notre Dame and a five-game unbeaten streak amid the season.

The season started with a loss to a ranked Jacksonville team before the Hokies faced JMU for the 19thand time in program history. Tech has scored the final three goals in the contest, along with a freshman Olivia Vergano goal at 2:02 serving as the game winner as the Hokies beat the Dukes for the first time in program history.

In March, the program won five straight games, including a three-overtime thriller in Pitt and a comeback effort against a ranked Notre Dame team to move the Hokies to 2-1 in ACC play.

Tech has struggled in ACC play losing each of the last five contests, all to conference-ranked foes who have made the NCAA Tournament champ, including No. 1 seed UNC and Boston. College, seeded third.

For the first time since at least 2008, the Hokies offense featured three athletes who scored 50 or more points on the season.

Season highlights and best performances:

  • Sarah Lubnow scored the 100and career goal on April 7 against Duke. She finished her career with 111, ranking just outside the top 10 in program history.
  • Lubnow set the program’s all-time mark in assists with a stream at UNC in March. She has 73 for her career and ends her five seasons with 184 points, the fifth most in program history.
  • Lubnow has 46 goals and 63 points in 2022, two career highs. She was named to the ACC Second Team and to US Lacrosse Magazine’s Honorable All-America list.
  • First-year student Olivia Vergano finished second on the team with 40 goals and earned a spot on the ACC All-Freshman Team. She scored two game-winning goals, had multiple goals in 12 games and had seven hat tricks. His 73 draw checks are eighth in VT single-season history. Vergano earned second team honors in the IWLCA Southern Region.
  • Whitney Liebler led the Hokies with 29 assists and scored 53 total points, the second most on the team. His 29 assists tie Lubnow’s 2021 season for third most in a single season in program history.
  • The third Hokie to record 50 total points was the sophomore midfielder Sophie Student (38 goals, 12 assists). She had six hat tricks during the season and her 80 draw checks are the sixth in a single season in VT history.
  • Four starting defenders; Jordan Tilley, Mary Griffin, Lizzie Lohrer and Sidney Golini all set career highs by causing turnovers in the 2022 season.