By Ali Eaves
February 9, 2011
The University of Richmond women's lacrosse team will start the season Sunday at home in a match-up against the reigning NCAA champions, the University of Maryland Terrapins.
The game, which begins at 2 p.m., is the team's first in Robins Stadium.
"The day is definitely going to be a whirlwind," head coach Stephy Samaras Mantziaras said.
The team is excited to play in the new stadium, senior captain Bria Eulitt said, but Maryland is the toughest opponent it will face all season.
Maryland not only won the 2010 NCAA Division I national championship, but came from behind in the game to erase the worst deficit in women's lacrosse championship history.
The team obviously has a lot going for it, Mantziaras said.
"Right now, we're the only ones that believe that we can win," she said.
Junior captain Mary Flowers said the Spiders had high expectations.
"I think we can definitely hang with them, and we're going to play our hardest," she said.
The Spiders were picked to finish second in the Atlantic-10 Conference this year - just one point behind the University of Massachusetts - in a preseason coaches' poll.
The team is especially strong this year, Eulitt said.
"We've only lost two seniors so we've been building with this core group now for two solid years," Eulitt said.