Florida Gators lacrosse to start season ranked #6

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators’ lacrosse team will begin the 2019 season ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, as announced Monday.

The 2019 season marks the ninth time the Gators have been ranked in the IWLCA Preseason poll and the seventh time the squad has ranked within the top six.

Florida opens the season with No. 17 Colorado on Feb. 9 in Boulder, Colo. The Gators will then face seven more ranked teams during the 2019 season: No. T-2 Maryland, No. T-2 North Carolina, No. 5 Stony Brook, No. 8 Princeton, No. 9 Loyola, No. 13 Navy and No. 15 Syracuse.

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Florida swept the major AAC Preseason awards as well with Ronbeck (Attacker of the Year), Pirreca (Midfielder of the Year), Trombetta (Defender of the Year) and Hicklen (Goalkeeper of the Year) all receiving accolades.

Last season, Florida went 17-4 overall and 9-0 in the BIG EAST to win the program’s eighth-straight conference title and four-straight BIG EAST title. The Gators went on to earn the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and went to the team’s first NCAA Quarterfinal since 2014.

2019 IWLCA Preseason Poll
Rank

Institution

Points

FPV

2018 Record

1

Boston College

622

22

22-2

T-2

Maryland

579

0

20-2

T-2

North Carolina

579

1

17-4

4

James Madison

536

2

22-1

5

Stony Brook

505

0

20-1

6

Florida

500

0

17-4

7

Northwestern

483

0

15-6

8

Princeton

408

0

13-6

9

Loyola

380

0

16-5

10

Penn

362

0

14-5

11

Towson

334

0

16-5

12

Penn State

326

0

10-10

13

Navy

319

0

18-4

14

Virginia Tech

314

0

14-7

15

Syracuse

304

0

9-10

16

Virginia

275

0

10-10

17

Colorado

252

0

14-6

18

Stanford

246

0

15-5

19

Denver

128

0

13-7

20

Notre Dame

127

0

10-9

21

Southern California

111

0

10-8

22

Georgetown

96

0

12-7

23

Johns Hopkins

87

0

10-9

24

Duke

83

0

8-9

25

Dartmouth

79

0

11-5

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Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.