When the No. 3-seeded North Carolina women’s lacrosse team hosts Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, the Tar Heels will be taking on a familiar foe.
UNC (13-5) beat the Cavaliers (9-8) twice during the 2010-11 campaign — once in the regular season and most recently in the quarterfinals of the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
North Carolina coach Jenny Levy was a member of UVa.’s national championship lacrosse team in 1991 alongside current Virginia coach Julie Meyers.
The Tar Heels won’t be surprised by the Cavaliers, Levy said in a press release.
“We’ve played them twice already this season and played them last year in the NCAA quarterfinals, so we know how good and how capable they are,” Levy said. “We’re excited to play anyone and expect a great game on Saturday.”
The Tar Heels ousted Virginia from the NCAA tournament last season with a 17-7 win. The victory earned UNC a spot in the final four, where it lost to five-time national champion Northwestern.
North Carolina helped seal its tournament bid Friday with a 20-4 win against High Point in its regular season finale.