After winning first conference title, Florida lacrosse enters NCAA Tournament as No. 1 overall seed
One day after winning its first American Lacrosse Conference championship, the Florida lacrosse team has earned the No. 1 overall seed for the 202 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
The Gators (17-2) will host America East champion Albany (12-5) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville on May 12, at 1 p.m. It is the first meeting between Alban and the Gators. Florida is 4-0 all-time against members of the America East conference, including wins over UMBC and Stony Brook earlier this season.
“It’s a proud moment for all of us,” Florida coach Amanda O’Leary said. “I think these young women worked really, really hard for this, and just to see their name at the No. 1 seed says a lot about our program and certainly where we’re headed.”
This is Florida's second consecutive trip to the the NCAA Tournament - in just its third season of existence. The Gators were the No. 4 seed in 2011.
“We’re absolutely thrilled,” junior attacker Caroline Chesterman said. “We couldn’t ask for a better position than number one. We’re going to face a really good team in Albany, and we’re just really excited.”
The lacrosse team is one of fastest in Florida history to win a conference title. The UF soccer team won the SEC in its second season (1996) and the Gators softball team won the SEC regular season title in its second season (1998).
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