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Virginia-Maryland to renew lacrosse rivalry in College Park

When the Virginia men's lacrosse team played Maryland last season, the No. 1 Cavaliers needed four seven overtimes to earn a dramatic victory over the Terrapins. Saturday night at 8 p.m., Virginia visits College Park again ranked No. 1, with No. 4 Maryland trying to unseat the nation's top team.

"Not as much as you would think," Virginia attackman Steele Stanwick said when asked if the team has discussed last season's game. "It was one of the highlights of my freshman year. I think we're conscious of it because we were so close to losing that game, and we realize how good Maryland is. It just reminds how close a game could go. It could go either way, with one or two calls here and there."

Stanwick was then asked if he thinks Maryland has discussed last season's game.

"I think they're thinking about it more than we are, just because they came out on the short end on that one," Stanwick said. "I'm sure they're using it as motivation to get up for the game."

Stanwick, a Baltimore native who played at Loyola Blakefield, has close friends at Maryland and is excited to play at College Park. But even Stanwick is surprised that the Cavaliers are entering the game unbeaten and atop the national rankings after losing so many key components of last season's team, which lost in the national semifinals.

"I would have thought production from our attack is something that I'd be concerned about, myself included," Stanwick said. "I think getting guard from the third pole to the first pole was a big transition to me. I just didn't know how it would turn, and in terms of the new guys...they've all done a great job and given us a huge spark on offense."

By Zach Berman  |  April 1, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
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