Sunday May 5, 2013Florida Earns No. 5 seed for NCAA Tournament: Will Host Denver and Jacksonville in Opening Rounds
The University of Florida lacrosse has earned the No. 5 seed in this yearís NCAA Tournament, announced Sunday evening. The Gators (17-2) will host Jacksonville and Denver in the first and second rounds in Gainesville on May 10 and 12 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Florida earns a bye in the first round facing the winner of the Dolphins and Pioneers on May 12 at 1 p.m. This will be the third-straight year UF will host a portion of the NCAA Tournament. The top six seeds of the NCAA Tournament receive first round-byes to automatically advance to the second round.
Maryland (19-0) earns the No. 1 seed in this yearís tournament field with Northwestern (17-2), North Carolina (14-3) and Syracuse (16-3) grabbing the first four seeds. Florida has wins over the Wildcats, Tar Heels and Orange this season but a loss to Northwestern in the ALC Tournament Championship on Sunday played a major factor in tournament seeding. Georgetown earned the final bye in the tournament as the six seed. Penn State and Navy pick up the 7 and 8 seeds, respectively but will have to play in the first round.†
UF has a history with both Jacksonville and Denver headed into Sundayís second round action. Florida and Jacksonville have met in each of the four years of both programís existence with UF holding a 4-1 advantage over the Dolphins. Florida most recently defeated the Dolphins 15-4 in Jacksonville on February 13. The Orange and Blue met the Pioneers on February 20, 2011 in a 15-7 win at Dizney Stadium.
Jacksonville (A Sun) earned automatic bid to the tourney while Denver earned an at-large bid as it finished runner-up to Stanford in the Mountain Sports Pacific Federation tournament.†
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NCAA Lacrosse Championship First Round Schedule
#1 Maryland vs. winner of Stony Brook vs. Towson
#2 Northwestern vs. winner of Notre Dame vs. Stanford
#3 North Carolina vs. winner of Loyola (MD) vs. High Point
#4 Syracuse vs. winner of Boston College vs. Dartmouth
#5 Florida vs. winner of Denver vs. Jacksonville
#6 Georgetown vs. winner of Penn vs. Virginia
#7 Penn State vs. Caniscius
††††††††††††††† UMass vs. UConn at State College, Pa.
#8 Navy vs. Monmouth
††††††††††††††† Duke vs. Princeton at Annapolis, Md.