ALC lacrosse conference tournament begins today in Gainesville
Florida will host the sixth-annual American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, beginning today at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Lacrosse fans have an opportunity to see five games over the course of the next three days.
Florida, which is the ALC regular season cahmpion, is the top seed in teh tournament and will receive a bye in the first round. The Gators open play Friday, at 7 p.m., hosting the winner of tonight's quarterfinal game between No. 4 seed Ohio State and No. 5 seed Vanderbilt.
No. 2 seed Northwestern will play the winner of tonight's first quarterfinale third-seeded Penn State and sixth-seeded Johns Hopkins.
The Gators enter the tournament on a hot streak. Florida won its second-straight ALC title on April 21, upsetting No. 1 Northwestern in Evanston, to win its 10th-straight conference game. It was the Wildcats' only loss of the regular season. Florida has just two losses in the regular season, falling to North Carolina, 11-9, on the road in the season opener, and 12-11 in double overtime to Syracuse, both of whom finish the season ranked in the top five of the IWLCA coaches poll. Florida has defeated seven ranked opponents and scored at least 20 goals in seven different games this season.