Hokies remain 12th in Inside Lacrosse Poll following ACC Tournament

BLACKSBURG – Following the ACC Tournament in Durham, North Carolina, the Virginia Tech lacrosse team stayed in the 12th position in the Inside Lacrosse Poll on Monday. It is the third consecutive week that the Hokies have held that ranking.

In a season filled with firsts, the ACC Tournament provided a few more for the Hokies’ program. It marked the highest seed that the progam had ever earned, and Thursday night’s victory was Tech’s first in the competition since joining the league in 2005.

Tech placed two players on the All-Tournament Team; Paige Petty and Meagh Graham. Petty, a First Team All-ACC selection, led the Hokies in scoring over the weekend, tallying four goals and one assist in Tech’s 13-12 victory over Duke. She also tallied a goal in the semifinal round versus eventual champion North Carolina.

Graham, another All-ACC performer, tallied eight saves and four ground balls in the triumph over the Blue Devils. In the semifinals, Graham made 13 saves tying a season best and also recorded five ground balls and a caused turnover.

Senior defender Kristen Kohles scored the first goal of her career in her 72nd appearance against the Tar heels. She carried the ball over the restraining line for a successful clear and never stopped, working her way towards goal. It was the first shot of her career as well.

Recapping the Hokies’ facts, figures and accolades so far in 2018:
-Most wins in a season in program history
-Most ACC wins in a season (5)
-Recorded first ever victories over Notre Dame, Louisville and Syracuse this season
-Earned the program’s first ACC Tournament victory
-Placed four players on ACC’s First Team
Tristan McGinley
-First Team All-ACC
-ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week April 10
-Ranks fifth all-time at Tech in goals (125)
-Ranks third all-time in draw controls (234)
Meagh Graham
-First Team All-ACC
-ACC Defensive Player of the Week April 24
-Tech's all-time career leader in ground balls with 184
-Ranks fourth all-time in career saves (489)
Kelly Glatthorn
-First Team All-ACC
Paige Petty
-First Team All-ACC
-Led the conference in goals scored during league play
Mary Claire Byrne
-Ranks fourth all-time in caused turnovers (68)

Postseason Aspirations
The Hokies are seeking their first ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2018 after posting a 13-6 record, that includes five ACC wins and a quality victory over Denver. The NCAA Selection Show will take place on Sunday, May 6 at 9:30 p.m. streamed live on ncaa.com.

The Tournament’s First Round will take place on Friday, May 11 at regional campus sites.

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