'Noles to face HokiesMar 23, 2006
Coming off Saturday’s loss to Brigham Young, Florida State didn’t have an easy game to look forward to. Their next opponent: the Virginia Tech Hokies
“All of our players feel we have something to prove,” said Head Coach Bill Harkins, who is 2-1 against the Hokies. “We need to demonstrate that we can rebound from a tough loss to BYU. In addition, we want to avenge last year’s loss in the SELC finals.”
There’s no weekend like this weekend for the ‘Noles to end their three game-losing streak and to avenge last year’s 11-10 SELC Championship loss to the Hokies.
“Obviously it’s a chip on our shoulders,” said junior attckman Rob Herzog. “We want to prove to them that their win was just a fluke. We want to show what our team is about and start our winning ways once again.”
“We want pay back from last year,” said senior captain Brad Wilson. “We’re pretty well prepared for this weekend. We’re ready for a good road trip to North Carolina to show how Florida kids play lacrosse.”
In last year’s match-ups, Florida State took the regular season game 17-10. But it was the Hokies that took the championships away from the ‘Noles.
Kevin Paustian and DJ Romanchuk lead the Seminoles in goals last year against Virginia Tech, scoring eight goals and four goals, respectively. However, the ‘Noles will be without Paustian and Romanchuk. Paustian graduated and Romanchuk, who led the team in 58 points, is out due to an injury.
However, the ‘Noles are ready to compensate for the loss of their major point-makers. Florida State returns attackman Grover Light, who recorded one goal and four assists against the Hokies, midfielder Brian Corrente, who had three goals and one assist and Herzog, who scored three goals.
Don’t forget about the Seminole newcomers who could have an impact against the Hokies. Florida State is currently led in goal scoring by rookie Corey Noonan, who accounts for 37 of Florida State's goals. Noonan also leads the team with 48 points, which already has surpassed the number of points Romanchuk had at this time last year. Erik Jarry, a former player for Division II’s Adelphi University, currently leads the team with 25 points. In addition to Noonan and Jarry, the 'Noles regain freshman Brandon Purcell, who suffered an injury in the beginning of the season.
“We have a couple of new key players,” said Wilson. “Other guys have been stepping it up a lot so we can do just as well, if not better, than last year.”
Coming into the game, the Hokies sport a young team, graduating last year’s starting attack and key midfielder.
“I’m hoping that the new young team will be able to get over the inexperience,” said Virginia Tech Head Coach Joel Nachlas.
So far the Hokies own a 4-2 record with their only loses coming from the WCLL’s University of California-San Diego and 2005 National Champion Sonoma State.
“We played quite well against Sonoma State,” said Nachlas. “We were tied at 11 with 8 minutes left and they pulled out.”
Regardless which team wants it more, Herzog puts it best.
“Winners win,” said Herzog. “They just don’t know how to lose.”