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It's unanimous: Florida Gators No. 1 in lacrosse

Three years after beginning its women's lacrosse program, Florida has risen to the top of the nation's programs.

The Gators are ranked No. 1 in this week's IWLCA (Intercollegiat Women's Lacrosse Association) poll - receiving all 20 first place votes. Florida is just the 14th team in poll history to be ranked No. 1.

Also, the Gators are ranked No. 1 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media poll and received the No 1 overall seed for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Florida took over the No. 1 spot from defending national champion Northwestern - who had been ranked No. 1 in every poll this season - after defeating the Wildcats for the second time this season in the ALC Championship game this past Saturday.

The lacrosse team is the fastest Florida program to reach No. 1 in the polls, surpassing the soccer team’s top ranking in the final poll of 1998, its fourth season, after the Gators won the 1998 NCAA Championship.

Florida is the first new women’s lacrosse team to be ranked No. 1 since Northwestern first achieved the top spot in the poll on Mar. 21, 2005, during NU’s fourth season as a reinstated program. The Gators, who became the highest-ranked second-year program in poll history last season, rising to No. 2 in the nation after defeating the Wildcats for the first time, join North Carolina as the only third-year programs ever to achieve No. 1 status. UNC, established in 1996, first earned the No. 1 ranking on Mar. 9, 1998, staying at the top spot for six weeks before finishing the season at No. 2.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 4:01pm]


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