Maryland's women's lacrosse team will head up Interstate 95 this weekend to do something that most coaches usually try to avoid -- play games on back-to-back days.
The No. 1 Terps will play at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College on Saturday at 1 p.m. and then hop down to Long Island to meet Stony Brook on Sunday at 4 p.m. Fortunately for the Terps, spring break begins Monday.
“We were going to head up there during spring break, so it just so happened that we could knock both games out both with one trip, head up to Boston and then Long Island,” Terps coach Cathy Reese said. “If you’re playing in the first round of the ACC tournament, you have to go back-to-back, so for us it was a chance to just get out and do it. We haven’t done it before, but we had three games in five days and that was quite difficult, so this will be another challenge.”
Although it seems likely the Terps, who have already beaten No. 5 Duke and No. 11 Virginia, will get a bye through to the ACC Tournament semifinals and not have to play on two straight days, this weekend's trip consolidates travel expenses to play two teams they would have played anyway.
One of the biggest challenges for the undefeated Terps is preparation, but with seven days off between their 20-10 win over No. 9 Penn State and the first draw at Boston College, Reese is more concerned with sharpening her team’s play.
“Our main focus right now is getting better on what we need to improve on,” Reese said. “I think the key for us because both teams are going to do different things well, is to be able to do what we do well and then we’ll prepare prior to those games. As we get along in the week, we’ll do our scouting report and game plan for Boston College and then when we get into the hotel on Saturday night, we’ll take care of Stony Brook game prep, but really this week, our focus is on tightening up things we need to do better.”
After their northern swing, the Terps will head south to play at William & Mary on Wednesday before returning to Maryland for the next month. They play James Madison at home on March 23, at No. 18 Towson on March 26 and then return to College Park for four straight -- Penn, No. 3 North Carolina, Princeton and No. 13 Dartmouth.