Fourth-ranked Northwestern takes its 11-game winning streak on the road this weekend, traveling to Gainesville, Fla. for a decisive American Lacrosse Conference matchup with No. 3 Florida. The ‘Cats, who sit atop the ALC standings with a 4-0 league mark, will look to wrap up the top seed in next month’s ALC Tournament with a road win over the Gators (3-1 ALC).
The only two champions in the history of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, Northwestern and Florida have staged several memorable battles in recent seasons, with the Gators taking a 3-2 edge in the all-time series thanks to two victories over NU last season. Florida nabbed an 8-7 win at Lakeside Field during the regular season before claiming its first conference crown with a 14-7 victory on its home field in the title game of the ALC Tournament.
• Florida is attempting to become only the second school to record a three-game winning streak against NU during Kelly Amonte Hiller’s tenure as head coach and the first since Vanderbilt managed to win three straight from 2002-04, NU’s first three years as a varsity program. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are in search of their first road win over the Gators (0-2 in Gainesville).
• Saturday promises to be an emotional day for many in attendance at Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville as the Gators say goodbye to the lacrosse program’s first-ever four-year senior class. The highly accomplished class of 12 Florida seniors has helped the Gators go from a brand-new program in 2010 to a national semifinalist and a mainstay in the top-5 national rankings during their four years on campus. The date marks Florida’s regular-season finale, giving the Gators two weeks off before heading to the ALC Tournament in Baltimore May 2-5.