If it's a weekend in March, that must mean another marquee match-up for the top-ranked Virginia men's lacrosse team.
"Yeah, I was joking with somebody earlier that this is this week's "game of the century", really," said head coach Dom Starsia, whose team hosts Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m. Saturday at Klockner Stadium. Both teams are unbeaten, and the Blue Jays are ranked second in the country in both the media and coaches' polls.
"But this is what we talk to kids about in recruiting," said Starsia, "that if you come here you have an opportunity to play in some games like this."
Saturday's game is the latest in a list of high profile match-ups for the Cavaliers this month. On March 4, Virginia beat then-third ranked Syracuse 14-10 at home. A week later, UVa needed overtime to beat No. 3 Cornell 9-8, in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. And last weekend, rallied from a five-goal deficit to improve to 8-0 with an 11-9 win over Ohio State at historic Ohio Stadium.
"Playing at Ohio State, in the Horseshoe was awesome. And now playing at home is always my favorite place to play," said senior Chris Bocklet, who scored four times in last week's win. "Playing at Klockner against Hopkins, No. 1 versus No. 2, nothing's better than this. This is the one you circle on your calendar for sure."
Saturday will mark the 66th straight season these two storied lacrosse programs have faced off. The Cavaliers had won five straight in the series, before a 12-11 loss at Johns Hopkins last season.
"One versus two at Klockner Stadium, it's going to be a tremendous atmosphere," said senior goalie Rob Fortunato. "It doesn't take much for us to get up for this one. It's definitely going to be an exciting game."