- The University of Florida lacrosse team returns to action on Jan. 26 with the goal of elevating the young program to yet a higher level. The Gators are coming off a phenomenal sophomore season, where they rose from a young squad with untapped potential to one of the nation’s elite in just one year.
In 2011, Florida became the fastest program in poll history to enter the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) top 10, and on April 25, 2011, became the highest-ranked second-year program ever at No. 2. The Gators achieved such a high ranking after knocking off then-No. 2 Northwestern on April 14, securing Florida at least a share of the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) regular-season title and handing the Wildcats their first ALC regular-season loss since 2004. UF then went on to defeat No. 17 Vanderbilt, 8-7, on April 17 to finish a perfect 5-0 in conference play and capture its first ALC regular-season title.
After reaching their first ever ALC Championship game, (L, 10-9 to Northwestern), the Gators earned their first ever NCAA Tournament bid, and on May 14, hosted No. 7 Stanford in the first ever NCAA Tournament game to be held in the state of Florida. UF rolled past the Cardinal, 13-11, before the epic 2011 season finally came to a close with a 13-9 loss to No. 5 Duke. Florida finished the year ranked No. 5 in the IWLCA Final Poll.
The Gators hope to continue their success in 2012, as they return All-Americans Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.), Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) and Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), along with 2011 Second-Team All-ALC selections Haydon Judge (Chestertown, Md.) and Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.). Additionally, 2011 ALC Coach of the Year Amanda O’Leary returns for her third season at the helm of the Florida lacrosse team, assisted by U.S. National Team members Erica LaGrow and Caitlyn McFadden.
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