UF lacrosse team makes history

Published: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 at 5:28 p.m.

The Florida lacrosse team, coming off ranked victories over then-No. 2 Northwestern and No. 17 Vanderbilt, has entered the top three of the IWLCA poll for the first time in program history, being ranked No. 3 by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

Florida is ranked fourth in the nation in win percentage (.933), seventh in scoring margin (6.2), eighth in scoring defense (8.2) and 10th in scoring offense (14.4). Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) is fifth in the country in goals-against average with 7.77.

The Gators went undefeated at home (11-0) and in the ALC (5-0) en route to their first ALC regular season title. Florida has two weeks off before facing Cornell on May 1. The ALC Tournament follows from May 5-7, where the Gators hold the No. 1 seed after clinching with their upset over then-No. 2 Northwestern on Thursday night.

The American Lacrosse Conference made history with all six schools ranked in this week's poll, marking not only the first time that every school in a conference sits in the top-20 bust also the highest number of schools from one league ranked in the same poll, breaking the record of five held by both the ALC and the Atlantic Coast Conference. Johns Hopkins' addition to the top 20 gives the ALC six schools, including two in the top five and four in the second half of the rankings.

Florida leads the ALC, sitting in the No. 3 spot in the poll, while Northwestern moves to No. 5. Penn State rises two spots to land at No. 13, while Vanderbilt holds at No. 17. Johns Hopkins moves into the No. 18 spot while Ohio State moves to No. 20.

The ACC holds a block at No. 1-2, led by Maryland and new No. 2 Duke, and with North Carolina holding at No. 4 and Virginia's move to No. 10, the ACC has four of the top 10 places in the poll. Boston College sits right outside the top-10 at No. 11.

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