Virginia Tech's First ACC Win Since 2012 Highlights Saturday's Thrillers

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Virginia Tech upsets Boston College for its first ACC win since 2012.


John Sung was hired as the head coach for Virginia Tech women’s lacrosse in May 2016 after building the Winthrop program from the ground up. He ascended the Eagles as a regional powerhouse from its first Division I season in 2013 to back-to-back Big South championship seasons in 2015 and 2016.

Sung plans to do the same with the Hokies, restarting a program that has yet to win an ACC game since 2012, which was a 10-9 overtime victory against Virginia. In 2016, Virginia Tech finished with a 5-13 record with zero ACC wins. Since joining the ACC in 2005, the Hokies have gone 3-62 in conference play.

“Honestly, it’s like we’re starting over,” Sung said to Tech Sideline after his hire. “I’m taking this as a new build. … We have the plot of land, and that is Virginia Tech, and that’s all we have. Literally, we will reset the foundation. This is the 23rd year of the program for us, and in over 23 years, we can’t be the same that we’ve been. It has to change. We can’t look forward in saying our best season being an 11-6 season. That can’t be us.”

The Hokies appear to be buying into Sung’s coaching philosophy, upsetting No. 20 Boston College 18-12 on Saturday afternoon for its first conference win in five years.

“It’s nice to finally win an ACC game,” said coach Sung. “We put a lot of work into building this team and this culture. I think today is the first step to seeing the many different things that can happen in this program and we are really excited.”

Kristine Loscalzo (4G), Tristan McGinley (4G) and Marissa Davey (2G, 2A) each tallied four points to lead the Hokies, while Zan Biedenharn added two goals.

But halftime proved to be the turning point after Virginia Tech trailed Boston College 7-6. The Hokies opened the second period with a four-goal run and never fell behind again. Davey scored her two goals to open and close Virginia Tech’s final four-goal spurt to end the game.

The Hokies outshot the Eagles 41-25, won the ground ball battle 19-15 and flipped the script on the draw to finish with a 20-12 advantage after being tied 7-7 on draw controls after the first half. Virginia Tech also played smarter after halftime, turning the ball over more than 50 percent less than the first period. 

Virginia Tech improves to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC, while Boston College is now 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

“In the second half, we opened up our playbook and really made adjustments,” said Sung. “That was the biggest thing, how we adjusted from an offensive standpoint. We scored 12 goals in the second half. That’s crazy.”

Boston College was led by a five-point effort from Kate Weeks on four goals and an assist. Kaileen Hart added a hat trick and one assist, while Sam Apuzzo scored twice.

OVERTIME THRILLERS

No. 3 USC 11, No. 12 Northwestern 10 (OT)
No. 16 Denver 11, Louisville 10 (3OT)

For the second straight win in the series, USC downs Northwestern 11-10 in overtime thanks to a thrilling back-handed goal by freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller. It also was the Wildcats’ second straight overtime loss after being upset by Colorado 11-10 last week.

Northwestern’s Shelby Fredericks opened the scoring three minutes in, but USC quickly took the lead with a four-goal run kickstarted by Kylie Drexel. The Wildcats then responded with 6-2 run of their own to go up by one, but the Trojans regained their lead with three consecutive goals – one from Cynthia Del Core and two from Drew Jackson – in the final 2:50 to close the first half.

At the 26:53 mark opening the second period, Jackson recorded a hat trick before Northwestern scored three straight to tie it 10-10 with 7:09 remaining. After 16 goals in the first half and just four in the second, neither USC nor Northwestern scored until Kerrigan finished the day with a hat trick of her own.

Jackson led the Trojans with four points and goalie Gussie Johns backed USC with 17 saves. For the Wildcats, Selena Lasota tallied a team-high five points and Christina Esposito scored a team-best three goals. Despite the loss, Northwestern dominated the draw with a 16-7 edge.

Later that day, fellow MPSF Denver advanced to 4-0 on the season for their best start in program history – but not without a challenge. It took three overtime periods for the Pioneers to defeat Louisville 11-10 behind a hat trick from Elizabeth Behrins, who also scored the game-winning goal.

“This was a great win,” said Denver coach Liza Kelly. “It was a great learning game for us to know we can dig in against a great opponent and come out victorious.”

Louisville’s Meghan Siverson scored the first goal of the game, but back-and-forth two-goal spans for each team had Denver on top at halftime by one. A three-goal run midway through the second half returned the lead to the Cardinals, but Denver’s Julia Feiss tied the game once more and Audrey Schreck took the Pioneers up one at the 4:42 mark.

Madison Hoover knotted it at 10 for the Cardinals’ comeback before the end of regulation, but Behrins’ third goal in overtime sealed the game.

PHOTO BY JIM COWSERT

Duke advances to 4-0 on the season after topping Stanford 12-8 in Texas.

DUKE NETS PATRIOT CUP WIN

No. 8 Duke 12, No. 18 Stanford 8

With a career-high give goals, junior Maddie Crutchfield led Duke past Stanford 12-8 to earn a Patriot Cup victory, hosted at the Ford Center at The Star, the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas.

"We want to say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys and the HEADstrong Foundation for offering us the opportunity in the Patriot Cup," Duke coach Kerstin Kimel said. "For us to get to play in a non-traditional area in front of what I thought was a great crowd, for an unbelievable cause, was really just a great experience for our players." 

The Blue Devils led 4-3 at halftime, but Stanford tied it twice in the second period to knot it at 8 at the 10:40 mark. With under seven minutes left in the game, Duke score four consecutive goals, two by Crutchfield, to wind down the clock for the win.

That final 10 minutes saw a key shot clock violation by the Cardinal that propelled the Blue Devils to its first victory over a ranked opponent this season.

“For us to be in a really tight game this early, on a big stage, was a great test for us,” Kimel said. “It will serve us well as we head into this next stretch of three ACC games."

Duke, now 4-0, next faces Notre Dame, Virginia tech and Louisville, while Stanford drops to 1-2 on the season.







MARTIN SETS PROGRAM RECORD IN ALBANY WIN

Albany 13, Yale 11

After trailing 9-3 in the first half, Albany topped Yale 13-11 thanks to senior midfielder Sarah Martin who tallied a program single-game record 10 goals, five of which came in the Great Danes’ eight-goal run in the final 14:03. Albany freshman keeper Erin Leghart recorded five saves in the win.

“Despite a rough first half, we showed a lot of grit and determination to come back in that game,” said Albany coach John Battaglino. “Sarah Martin put the team on her back, and a number of other players are starting to chip in, and great job by Erin Leghart to get the win coming off the bench.”

BROWN, HOLY CROSS RECORD SHUT OUT VICTORIES

Brown 19, Sacred Heart 0
Holy Cross 10, Iona 0

Hafsa Moinuddin’s five goals, plus hat tricks from Carolyn Paletta, Grace Plassche and Zoe Verni, surged Brown to a 19-0 season-opening win over Sacred Heart.

Maddie Ward led Holy Cross with a team-high three goals, while Maggie Moriarty tallied a team-best three assists in its 10-0 win over Iona.

NIKE/US LACROSSE TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

No. 2 Maryland 17, Georgetown 13
No. 4 Stony Brook 20, Bryant 5
No. 6 Syracuse 18, Canisius 6
No. 6 Syracuse 15, Binghamton 5
No. 7 Penn State 18, Lehigh 9
No. 9 Penn 9, Delaware 7
No. 10 Princeton 19, Temple 3
No. 13 Johns Hopkins 12, Marquette 10
No. 14 Notre Dame 12, Michigan 5
No. 17 Cornell 18, Villanova 6

More Division I Scores
Army 11, Manhattan 6
Colgate 14, Vermont 11
Dartmouth 11, UMass-Lowell 9
Detroit Mercy 20, Butler 9
George Mason 9, William & Mary 7
Harvard 18, New Hampshire 11
Hofstra 15, Bucknell 5
Longwood 11, George Washington 9
Old Dominion 11, Campbell 10
Quinnipiac 10, Central Connecticut 9
Richmond 18, Liberty 7
Robert Morris 21, Central Michigan 6
Rutgers 12, Monmouth 11
Saint Joseph’s 15, American 7
UMBC 20, VCU 10

SMALL COLLEGE

Washington & Lee Upsets Mary Washington

The upsets trickle down to Division III. After trailing No. 10 Mary Washington 3-1 at halftime, Washington & Lee opened the second period with a four-goal run for the 5-4 upset victory. Sophomore Haley Tucker led the Generals with a hat trick.

Division II
No. 2 Adelphi 21, No. 9 Grand Valley State 2
No. 14 Limestone 11, Queens (N.C.) 10
No. 16 Regis (Colo.) 18, CSU-Pueblo 8
Alabama-Huntsville 15, Young Harris 10
Ave Maria 11, Keiser 8
Colorado Mesa 18, Westminster 8
Columbia (S.C.) 14, Asbury 4
Cumberlands 13, Erskine 5
Emmanuel (Ga.) 13, Brevard 9
Georgetown (Ky.) 20, Tennessee Wesleyan 8
Indianapolis 22, Lee 1
Mount Olive 12, Catawba 3
Northern Michigan 18, Northland 1
North Greenville 19, Newberry 7
Oklahoma Baptist 13, Missouri Valley 4
Savannah Art & Design 18, Point 5
Shorter 18, Montevallo 10

Division III
No. 7 Salisbury 16, Stevenson 9
No. 17 York, 14, Haverford 2
No. 19 St. Mary’s (Md.) 21, Southern Virginia 1
Centre 17, Oglethorpe 5
Chapman 15, Pomona-Pitzer 5
Frostburg State 21, Goucher 4
Hendrix 16, Millsaps 3
Lebanon Valley, Ursinus
Lynchburg 17, Greensboro 1
Northern Michigan 18, Northland 1
Northwestern (Minn.) 17, Monmouth (Ill.) 6
Occidental 16, Whitman 4
Puget Sound 16, Dallas 11
Rhodes 18, Berry 4
Sewanee 14, Birmingham-Southern 7
Transylvania 13, Muskingum 6
Wesley 13, Hood 12

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