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Mar. 5, 2017 — The unexpected contender

It’s early, but there is a potential disruptor in the nation’s premier women’s lacrosse conference.

And that disruptor is wearing traffic-cone orange and maroon.

This spring, Virginia Tech is tied for the lead in the ACC regular-season standings with a 2-0 record, and has earned a spot in the Top 20 national poll.

It’s heady stuff for Blacksburg, Va., in a place where conference wins were as scarce as (pardon the expression) hen’s teeth. Indeed, since the Hokies joined the ACC, their record against their ultracompetitive opposition was three wins and 62 defeats.

The installation of John Sung as the team’s head coach appears to have paid immediate dividends. The team’s leading scorers are all underclasswomen. There are four transfers into the school, including midfielder Marissa Davey from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The team also has an array of talent from the best U.S. programs such as Alexandria St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.), Olney Good Counsel (Md.), Vero Beach (Fla.), Milton (Ga.), and Moorestown (N.J.).

Yesterday’s 11-6 win over Duke is likely having everyone else in the conference scrambling for game footage — not only because Virginia Tech won, but because of how they won. The Gobblers were able to outdefend Duke, a team whose benchmark over the last decade has been on the defensive side of the ball.

Tech’s a team to watch, folks. Go and see them.