Virginia Lacrosse Ready For Rematch Against Maryland

Cade Saustad and the Virginia defense face a tough test against Maryland. ~ Photo courtesy Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia men’s lacrosse team dominated the second half to fend off a scrappy Brown squad in the NCAA Tournament last weekend, but now it will take on the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins in a regular season rematch. The Terps have not lost a game in the regular season in the past two years, with the Cavaliers being the last team to beat them in the 2021 title matchup.

The Terrapins have been outstanding all season, which is why they swept the Big Ten yearly awards. Logan Wisnauskas won Offensive Player of the Year, Brett Makar was named Defensive Player of the Year, Specialist of the Year went to Luke Wierman, and John Tillman was a unanimous selection for Coach of the Year. As evident by the 23-12 win over Virginia on March 19, this Maryland team is one of the strongest teams that have been on the field to date, and it showed the Cavaliers they had some work to do, even now.

“That bar was really high they showed us in March,” UVA coach Lars Tiffany said. “We have improved. Now, have we gotten to that bar yet? We haven’t played at that bar, yet. We did for a second half against Brown, and we need to put two halves like that together.”

Slowing Down Maryland’s Offense

The Terrapins were all over the Cavaliers’ defense in their regular season outing. They had 53 shots with 38 being on goal, compared to Virginia’s 34 total shots. One thing that stuck out to Tiffany was the up-tempo style of play for Maryland.