Florida lacrosse is No. 5 seed in NCAA Tournament
The Florida lacrosse team has has earned the No. 5 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament, and will host Jacksonville and Denver in the first and second rounds of the tournament, May 10 and 12 at the Donald R. Dizney Stadius on the UF campus.
The Gators (17-2) advanced to the Final Four before losing to Northwestern last season.
Florida, as one of the top six seeds, will have a bye in the first round. The Gators will play the winner of the JU-Denver game on May 12 at noon.
Maryland (19-0) is the No. 1 seed in this year’s tournament field with Northwestern (17-2), North Carolina (14-3) and Syracuse (16-3) earning the first four seeds.
Florida has wins over the Wildcats, Tar Heels and Orange this season but a loss to Northwestern in the ALC Tournament Championship on Sunday played a major factor in tournament seeding.
Georgetown earned the final bye in the tournament as the No. 6 seed. Penn State and Navy are the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds.
Florida has a history with both Jacksonville and Denver headed into Sunday’s second round action. Florida and Jacksonville have met in each of the four years of both program’s existence with UF holding a 4-1 advantage over the Dolphins. Florida most recently defeated the Dolphins 13-5 in Jacksonville on Feb. 13. The Gators defeated the Pioneers 15-7 on Feb. 20, 2011.
Florida coach Amanda O'Leary talks about losing the league title game, and looks ahead to postseason play: