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Tuesday February 5, 2013Florida Lacrosse Ranked No. 3 in Preseason IWLCA poll

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida lacrosse team has been picked No. 3 in the preseason IWLCA Division I poll, announced on Tuesday.

 

The Gators received three first-place votes in the poll, which ranked reigning national champion Northwestern and runner-up Syracuse ahead of the Gators. Of the Top 20, Florida is set to play nine teams in the regular season with two other opponent receiving votes. Five of six ALC teams (Northwestern, Florida, Penn State, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins) are ranked in the top 20 and Vanderbilt also received votes in the poll.

 

Florida returns nearly all starters from a season ago from a team that 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 on January 24 in an 18-13 win over the England National Team and will open the 2013 season at No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN3.

 

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2013 Preseason IWLCA Division I Preseason Poll  (February 4, 2013)

 

Place     Team                           Points              First Place Votes

1.           Northwestern                  383                 (12)

2.           Syracuse                         376                 (4)

3.           Florida                             366                 (3)

4.           Maryland                         349                 (1)

5.           UNC                                 321                

6.           Loyola                              284                

7.           Duke                                276

8.           Virginia                            229                                

9.           Notre Dame                    220                

10.        Penn State                      208                                

11.        Penn                                195                

12.        Dartmouth                       182                

13.        Ohio State                       139                                

14.        UMass                             112                

15.        Georgetown                    108                

16.        Cornell                             97  

17.        Towson                            86

18.        Stony Brook                    60  

19.        Johns Hopkins               47

20.        Boston College              44

 

Also receiving votes: Albany, Boston University, Harvard, Navy, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt

 

Italics denotes Florida opponent

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