Florida lacrosse ranked preseason No. 4
The Florida Lacrosse team is ranked No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Preseason Poll - its first Top-5 preseason ranking.
The Gators finished 2011 ranked No. 5 in the IWLCA Final Poll. Florida is a consensus top-5 team, ranking No. 3 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeers Media Preseason Poll and No. 5 in the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll.
Eight of Florida’s 17 opponents are ranked in the IWLCA Preseason poll, with the Gators’ season opener and season finale being road games at top-3 opponents. Florida will open the season at No. 3 North Carolina on Feb. 11, and will close the season at No. 1 Northwestern on Apr. 21.
The Gators will also play No. 12 Syracuse, No. 14 Dartmouth and No. 15 Georgetown in non-conference play in March.
In addition to the team rankings, Inside Lacrosse magazine named three Gators as Preseason All-Americans. Kitty Cullen earned first-team honors, while Ashley Bruns and Sam Farrell were both named to the second team.