The last time the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team got a chance to see ACC foe Virginia play in April, the Cavaliers were battling against top-ranked Maryland in the ACC tournament semifinals at Fetzer Field, and nearly played their way into the conference title game.
Now, nearly a month later, the No. 3 Tar Heels will cross paths with Virginia in Chapel Hill yet again — this time meeting the Cavaliers on the field in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Jenny Levy said Saturday’s postseason matchup between two conference opponents is not uncommon.
“Facing an ACC opponent during the NCAAs is something all ACC teams have dealt with year-in and year-out,” she said. “But it’s the third round of the tournament, and I think regardless of who the opponent is, it’s going to be a very competitive game.”
After a first-round bye, UNC advanced to the quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive season with a 19-9 win against Loyola Sunday.