For anyone out there that has complained that Maryland doesn't have a rival, head to Byrd on Saturday. Here's a quick rundown of why this matters...
1) History, history, history. Almost 90 years, 100+ games, stolen mascots, public vs. private, in-state, and so forth.
2) This season is one of the rare occurrences that Hop is in jeopardy of not making the NCAA tournament. If they beat UMD, they're pretty much guaranteed a spot. If they lose on Saturday, their streak of making every single NCAA tourney since 1972 will likely be broken. We can all drink to that!
3) Maryland is (still) the number one men's (and women's!) lax team in the country. This is a huge game for us every year but this year we want to hold on to our #1 ranking going into the ACC tournament.