On the field in front of North Carolina's lacrosse coach will be the players from Johns Hopkins, the team Haus coached to consecutive final fours in his two seasons as the Blue Jays' head coach before coming to UNC this season.
On the sideline next to him will be David Pietramala, the man who not only took Haus' spot at Johns Hopkins but also was an All-American defenseman for the Blue Jays in the late 1980s at the outset of Haus' stint as defensive coordinator.
Pietramala's assistant coaches, meanwhile, Seth Tierney and Bill Dwan also played for Haus from 1988 to '91.
Yes, the No. 5 Blue Jays are coming to town for a 1 p.m. meeting, and as if Haus' present wasn't difficult enough, he'll have to face his past as well this weekend.
"My job now is to get the Tar Heels ready to play lacrosse," Haus said. "And sure, I have the utmost respect for everyone of those players for Hopkins. And I know they're going to come here and play hard and be focused. And I know they're going to try to win, and I respect that."
Respect would be an appropriate attitude with which to approach Saturday's game for the No. 14 Tar Heels (4-3). They are coming off consecutive losses to
top-10 teams Duke and Maryland, and the Blue Jays (3-1) will bring possibly the best defense in the nation to Fetzer Field.
Senior close-defensemen Brandon Testa, Brendan Shook and Shawn Nadelen have started 13 consecutive games together for a Blue Jay defense that has held opponents to eight goals or less in seven of those games.
Johns Hopkins has yielded 8.3 goals per game this season thanks to its seasoned long-pole unit and goalie Rob Scherr, who boasts a .588 save percentage.