Monday January 28, 2013Florida Lacrosse Ranked No. 3 in Preseason deBeer Media Poll
The University of Florida lacrosse team has been selected as the preseason No. 3 in the first deBeer Media Poll, announced on Monday.
The Gators received one first-place vote in the poll, which ranked Syracuse and Northwestern ahead of the Gators. Northwestern returns as the reigning national champions and Syracuse as the national runner-up. Of the Top 20, Florida is set to play nine teams in the regular season including three of the remaining top five. Four of the other five teams in the American Lacrosse Conference were also ranked in the poll.
Florida returns all but one starter from a year ago, where they went 19-3 overall and 5-0 in the ALC. UF won both the regular season and tournament conference championships and advanced all the way to the NCAA national semifinals. They became the fourth team in just their third year of existence to advance to the Final Four.
The Orange and Blue played in exhibition last Thursday in an 18-13 win over the England National Team and will open the 2013 season at No. 5 North Carolina on Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.
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2013 Preseason deBeer Media Poll – January 28, 2013 (First Place Votes
1. Syracuse (5)
2. Northwestern (4)
3. Florida (1)
5. North Carolina
8. Notre Dame
9. Penn State
17. Johns Hopkins
18. Boston College
19. Stony Brook
20. Ohio State
Receiving votes: UAlbany, Cornell, Princeton, Navy, Oregon
Italics denotes Florida opponent