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Florida Lacrosse Named Unanimous No. 1 Team in the Nation

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

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.

The lacrosse team is the fastest Florida program to reach No. 1 in the polls, surpassing the soccer team's top ranking in the final poll of 1998, its fourth season, after the Gators won the '98 NCAA Championship.

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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