GAINVESVILLE — Third-ranked Florida handed No. 1 and defending national champion Northwestern its worst loss in nine years in winning its first American Lacrosse Conference title 14-7 on Saturday.
Freshman midfielder Shannon Gilroy had seven goals for the Gators (17-2), who also achieved two other feats against the Wildcats (17-2), who have won six of the past seven national women's titles. They ended Northwestern's run of conference titles at five and became the first team to beat it twice in a season during Kelly Amonte Hiller's 11 seasons as coach. Florida won 8-7 in Evanston, Ill., on April 21.
"I'm just really proud of this program," said coach Amanda O'Leary, whose program is in its third season.
The loss was Northwestern's worst since 11 goals against Syracuse in the final game of 2003.
The NCAA tournament draw is announced tonight. Florida is likely to be the top seed with Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina and Northwestern the contenders for the top four.
Football: Top recruit reneges on Ohio State
One of the nation's top linebacker recruits who orally committed to Ohio State last month has told the Buckeyes he will not attend the university amid concern that a convicted sex offender had interactions with players and recruits associated with the program.
Alex Anzalone, of Wyomissing, Pa., was a big catch for coach Urban Meyer's recruiting class, committing during the school's spring game. He told the school Friday he would reopen his recruiting process after being contacted by Charles Eric Waugh, 31, of Ashland, Ky.
In 2008, Waugh pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of underage sexual content. This year, he contacted, via Twitter, several Ohio State coaches, athletes and recruits, including Anzalone. He also posed for photos with some of them.
"Something's just not right at Ohio State," Anzalone's father, Sal Anzalone, told the Reading (Pa.) Eagle newspaper. "It's not for him."
The school said in a statement Waugh is not associated with it in any way and it alerted athletes about him when it learned he had posed for photos with some of them.
Alex Anzalone previously said Florida and Stanford were at the top of his list with Ohio State. He said he also gave strong consideration to Southern Cal, Penn State and Notre Dame.
Baseball: No. 6 Kentucky (37-11, 15-9 SEC) edged No. 5 Florida (35-13, 14-10 SEC) 2-1 to avoid being swept in the three-game series at Lexington. Daniel Pigott homered for the Gators' only run.
Basketball: Arizona State's Trent Lockett, the team's leading scorer last season, said he will transfer to Marquette for his senior season to be closer to his mother, who has cancer. Lockett earned a bachelor's degree in business communication from Arizona State, allowing him to be eligible to play right away.