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Lacrosse at Florida

After a study of developing trends in college athletics and considering emerging sports for women, the UAA has concluded that lacrosse is the most attractive option to be added to the University of Florida athletic program. With the addition of women's lacrosse, the UAA hopes to not only increase the number of female athletes participating in the program, but also to enhance Gator athletics as a whole.

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U.F. Women's Lacrosse Timeline
2005-06 • Identify needs (funding, facility, scheduling, staff)
2006-07 • Fundraising
• Facility Planning
• Secure league affiliation
• Construct offices for coaches
2007-08 • Hire coaching staff
• Facility construction
• Recruiting
• Purchase lacrosse equipment
2008-09 • Complete facility
• Complete inaugural season schedule
• Recruit and sign student-athletes
2009-10 • Gator lacrosse makes its premiere (teams play not more than five exhibition matches during fall. Spring season consists of 17 dates beginning in February)

History of Lacrosse

Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, is a fast-paced game that was first played by North America Indians to prepare for war. Although originally played for days at a time on fields ranging from one to 15 miles in length, the game is now played on a field that is at least 120 yards by 70 yards with 12 players on each team. The women's game is divided into two 30 minute halves.

The object of the game is to move the ball down the field with a crosse (also referred to as a stick) and shooting the ball into the goal. One point is scored for each goal. Field players may pass, catch or run with the ball in their crosse. Goalkeepers are allowed to touch the ball with their hands if they are within the goal circle.

A NCAA Championship for women's lacrosse has been offered since 1982, but 2001 marked the first year for a NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship (previous years included all divisions). There are currently 80 NCAA Division I women's teams. Northwestern won its second consecutive NCAA title on May 28, 2006 in front of a Boston University Nickerson Field crowd of 5,684.

What They are Saying About Lacrosse

"It combines elements of several sports (basketball, soccer and hockey), so it has something for everyone. It truly is a superior game."
Mark Larson
President of US Lacrosse's Washington Chapter

Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots and a former lacrosse player, talks about how much he enjoyed going to prep school lacrosse practice because he got to, you know, play lacrosse. Nobody ever said that about football practice.

The Ultimate Teammate
by Charles P. Pierce
December 12, 2005

If you like basketball, lacrosse offers zone and man-to-man defenses, fast breaks and set plays and its basic offensive maneuver is that hoops staple, pass and screen away from the ball. If you like soccer, lax has the precision passes and the ability to bring spectators to their feet with a goal -- expect that fans find themselves on their feet 20 times a game. If you like ice hockey, the action and even the terminology are much the same in lacrosse, from face-offs to man advantages to setups behind the net.
Get on the Stick by Alexander Wolff
April 25, 2005 Sports Illustrated

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