The Memorial Day weekend matchup in Villanova, Penn., last year ended with the Tar Heels lifting a national championship trophy after triple overtime for the first time in program history.
The game against the No. 2 Terrapins (13-0, 4-0 ACC) in Chapel Hill on Saturday may not be for a national title, but the whole team is eager for the rematch.
“We’re really excited,” senior Abbey Friend said. “We’re taking it game by game just like we’ve always been doing. But for the returners from last year, it’s definitely a little bit more exciting than a normal game.”
For the freshmen, the game is a chance to make a lasting memory out of what could be their only meeting with Maryland.
Saturday’s game will be the final regular season ACC meeting for the two teams before the Terrapins move to the Big Ten Conference next season.
“I have been waiting for this moment all season,” freshman attacker Sydney Holman said. “It’s probably our biggest competition yet.”
The rivalry between the two elite programs is no secret.
In addition to last year’s national title game, the two have faced off in the last four ACC Tournament championship games.