Thursday November 8, 2012Gators Wrap Up Successful Fall Slate
The University of Florida lacrosse team recently wrapped up a strong fall practice and exhibition schedule in preparation for the upcoming 2013 season.
The Gators competed in events during the fall schedule starting with a single game against Maryland on Oct. 6. They then headed an hour south to Alexandria, Va. to the Play for Parkinson’s series on Oct. 7 where they faced Penn State, Towson and Duke. UF returned to Dizney Stadium on Oct. 13 for the Gator Invitational, hosting Jacksonville and Winthrop in a round-robin series.
To conclude the fall playing schedule, the Gator split into two squads for the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. The Gators were able to maximize their playing time Saturday as UF Blue faced off against UNC and Notre Dame and UF Orange squared off against High Point and American University. The team came back to together on Sunday to play James Madison and Notre Dame.
In addition, seniors Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) competed in the Stars & Stripes event as part of US Women’s National Senior team’s 36-player roster where they faced Cal, Stanford, Australia and Canada. The final 18-player roster that will compete in the 2013 FIL World Cup will be announced in February 2013.
Florida also earned some attention from national publications during the fall season. Dashiell was nominated for the Women’s Player of the Year in the fifth-annual Inside Lacrosse Magazine “Laxies” with a winner announced in the December edition of the magazine. In addition, the Gators were nominated for four “Best of Lax” awards from Lacrosse Magazine winning for “Best Team Breakthrough” and “Best Game” with their match in the NCAA semifinals against Syracuse. The entire list of winners along with staff picks will be available in the December edition of the magazine.
Freshman Darcy Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) was also targeted as one of the 15 Freshmen To Watch by Lacrosse Magazine.
The Gators welcomed 12 new members to its squad for 2013, with many receiving significant minutes on the field during the fall. They will join a team that had an outstanding 2012 campaign, finishing 19-3 overall and a perfect 5-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) winning both the regular season and tournament championships. The Orange and Blue advanced all the way to the NCAA semifinals, becoming the youngest program ever to win more than one NCAA Tournament game in one season and one of only two third-year programs to advance to the Final Four.
The Orange and Blue open up the 2013 schedule on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the University of North Carolina.
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