Although spring has yet to burst upon the Washington area, several local colleges and universities will begin their spring sports campaigns this weekend.

In baseball, Maryland opens at home Friday against George Mason in a 3 p.m. game at Shipley Field.

Saturday and Sunday, the Terps host Virginia Tech and Loyola, respectively, in 1:30 p.m. games.

While Maryland and George Mason are opening up before the home folks, Howard's baseball team is on its annual spring tour.

The Bison are in Miami where they will meet St. Joseph's Pa., Dayton, Florida International and Jacksonville in single contests through Sunday.

Lacrosse fans can view last year's NCAA runner-up, Maryland, in action Saturday at 2 p.m. at Byrd Stadium against Atlantic Coast Conference foe North Carolina.

Also on Saturday in lacrosse, Connecticut plays at the University of Virginia at 2 p.m.

Virginia's women's tennis team opens its season at home against Yale today in a 3 p.m. match, while Tufts plays at Navy Sunday at 2 p.m. in men's competition.

The Howard and George Washington Tennis teams are also on tour, the Bison playing in Florida and the Colonials at Virginia Tech Friday and Guilford and North Carolina-Charlotte Saturday and Sunday.

The Virginia and Maryland golf teams will play in the Palmetto Classic this weekend in Orangeburg, S.C.

Howard and Maryland will send runners to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Detroit Friday and Saturday.

Navy's gymnastics and fencing teams will participate in the Eastern intercollegiate championships in each sport. The gymnastics events will be held at West Point and the fencing at Columbia University.

The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is holding two regional events. Cross-country runners will be participating in the regional meet at Cornell Saturday, and the Eastern women's basketball tournament final will be held at Temple, also Saturday.

The Potomac Rugby Union begins its second week of activity Saturday with six matches at scattered sites. See Saturday's "Events" column for the listings.