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Tuesday May 8, 2012Florida Lacrosse Named Unanimous No. 1 Team in the Nation

Gainesville, Fla.

The Florida lacrosse team became just the 14th team in poll history to be ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA coaches’ poll, receiving all 20 first-place votes in this week’s poll. Additionally, UF is ranked No. 1 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media poll and received the No 1 overall seed for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Gators unseated defending National Champion Northwestern, who had been ranked No. 1 in every poll of 2012, after defeating the Wildcats for the second time this season in the ALC Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

Florida is the first new women’s lacrosse team to be ranked No. 1 since Northwestern first achieved the top spot in the poll on Mar. 21, 2005, during NU’s fourth season as a reinstated program. The Gators, who became the highest-ranked second-year program in poll history last season, rising to No. 2 in the nation after defeating the Wildcats for the first time, join North Carolina as the only third-year programs ever to achieve No. 1 status. UNC, established in 1996, first earned the No. 1 ranking on Mar. 9, 1998, staying at the top spot for six weeks before finishing the season at No. 2.

The Tar Heels received the No. 2 seed in the 1998 NCAA Tournament, then a field of 12, and advanced the furthest to date of a third-year program, falling to the eventual National Champion Terrapins, 14-9, in the National Semifinals. The Gators became the youngest program in history to capture the top seed for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, and hope to top UNC’s ’98 Final Four appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

The Gators will start their NCAA Tournament journey on Saturday, May 12, when they host the Albany Great Danes in the NCAA First Round. Opening draw at Dizney Stadium is set for 1 p.m.

 

IWLCA Division I Week 11 Poll – May 7, 2012

Rk,

Team (FPV)

Record

Votes

LW

1.

Florida (20)

17-2

400

3

2.

Northwestern

17-2

378

1

3.

Maryland

17-3

356

4

4.

Syracuse

16-3

338

2

5.

North Carolina

14-3

325

5

6.

Duke

11-6

284

7

7.

Loyola

13-5

276

12

8.

Notre Dame

13-4

257

6

9.

Dartmouth

12-4

231

13

10.

Virginia

11-7

219

8

11.

Pennsylvania

9-7

210

9

12.

Cornell

11-5

154

10

13t.

Ohio State

11-6

133

14

13t.

Penn State

11-6

133

1

15.

Massachusetts

19-1

120

15

16.

Towson

16-3

103

20

17.

Georgetown

9-8

84

16

18.

Johns Hopkins

9-9

63

19

19.

Princeton

8-7

56

17

20.

Boston College

10-8

28

18

 

 

 

 

 

Also Receiving Votes: Albany, Harvard, Navy, Stony Brook

 

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