The No. 1 seed Florida lacrosse team will play its first game in the American Lacrosse Conference tournament today on a quest for its first ALC championship.
The Gators will play No. 4 seed and 18th-ranked Ohio State at 4 p.m. in the first semifinal at the Vanderbilt University Lacrosse Complex in Nashville. The Buckeyes had a record-setting day in the first quarterfinal Thursday afternoon, winning their first-ever game in the ALC Tournament by defeating No.5 seeded and 19th-ranked host Vanderbilt, 14-13.
No. 3 seed and 17th-ranked Penn State will play No. 2 seed and third-ranked Northwestern in the second semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Penn State defeated Johns Hopkins on Thursday.
No. 4 Florida earned the top seed after going defeated in conference play. In their last game against Ohio State, the Gators jumped out to a 7-0 lead behind five first half goals from ALC Player of the Year Kitty Cullen. The Buckeyes cut the lead to one with six minutes remaining in the game. A goal from Jamie Reeg after winning the draw control sealed the win for the Gators, 10-8. Cullen had six goals total in that matchup. Ohio State was led by First Team All-ALC midfielder Alayna Markwordt.
Florida is ranked sixth in the nation in win percentage (.875), and seventh in scoring defense (8.25) and scoring margin (5.63).
[Photo: University of Florida]