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Three Wins in Seven Days for Virginia Tech

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Three Wins in Seven Days for Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is two-time NCR D1AA champions. Can they make it three? Ollie Laseinde photo.

It's been a busy time for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies played three conference games in the space of seven days, coming away with three victories. After just barely getting by Maryland last week, Virginia Tech shut out Salisbury, and than set them up this Friday with a clash of 3-0 teams. That other 3-0 team was Delaware, and a tired VT side needed to win that one to vault to 1st in the MARC South.

At the same time, they were still keeping an eye on Maryland, which could well push them.

The result? Maryland went into their game with 0-2 James Madison and, according to Head Coach Jeff Soeken, took JMU a little lightly. James Madison emerged 45-24 winners, giving Maryland a rather harsh lesson in not looking past anyone for any period of time.

Tech, meanwhile, beat Delaware 31-5 on a special night in Blacksburg as the team played the game to raise awareness for Mental Illness treatment and care.

"The team may have had an off day last Friday, but our defense has prevailed this year," said Virginia Tech club president Hunter Danesi. "We have given up 13 points in total this year, and we trust in the strength of our defense. We look to end the regular season strong against Temple this upcoming week."

And yes, the defense has been outstanding. VT knows how to win tough games and handle pressure, as they showed in winning two straight NCR D1AA championships. Are they well-placed to win a third? Maybe.

There's more to see in the MARC. West Chester is clearly tops in the North, but who will come out as #2? St. Joe's and Princeton already played to a 21-20 victory for the Tigers. Rowan then beat Princeton by a point 27-26. So now St. Joe's plays Rowan this coming week while Princeton plays Penn, who will be no pushover. It could all come down to bonus points.

West Chester 4 0 0 3 0 19
Princeton 2 2 0 2 1 11
St. Joseph's 2 2 0 1 2 11
Rowan 2 2 0 2 0 10
U. of Pennsylvania 1 3 0 2 1 7
Rutgers 1 3 0 1 0 5
Virginia Tech 4 0 0 3 0 19
Maryland 3 2 0 3 1 16
Delaware 3 1 0 1 0 13
James Madison 1 2 0 1 1 6
Salisbury 1 3 0 2 0 6
Temple 0 3 0 1 0 1