UVA renews Maryland rivalry a year early

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- No other team has squared off with Virginia more times than Maryland in men's lacrosse and after a five-year hiatus the rivalry is rekindled in the NCAA Quarterfinals.

"For me being here for five years I haven't played them other than scrimmages," senior defenseman Logan Greco said, "Just in the scrimmages it's been a battle and that's what we're going to expect this weekend, just a dog fight between us and them."

For the first time since 2014, when Maryland left for the Big Ten, the former ACC foes will face off in Hempstead, NY for their 92nd all-time meeting. Although the two teams were already set to renew their rivalry on next season's schedule.

"But I get it, Maryland's different," Coach Lars Tiffany said, "Maryland is on the schedule next year and our fans are really excited about that, that we're bringing back that rivalry."

The Terrapins currently leads the all-time series 47-44, with Virginia winning 13 of the last 18 matchups. This time around will be a top-six matchup, which takes the excitement to another level for the Wahoos.

"This is a game of the best of the best and this is why I came to Virginia to play the best schedule, to play the best teams and just super excited," sophomore attack Ian Laviano said.

Despite the history surrounding this meeting, Virginia is on a mission during this year's NCAA Tournament.

"You try not to talk about the history and the aura around that and just really zoom in on their really talented players that they have and just game plan like it's a normal week," Tiffany said.



 
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