Gators earn overall No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

Published: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 11:52 p.m.

After winning the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament on Saturday, the Florida lacrosse team earned the No. 1 overall seed for the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Florida will take on the America East champion Albany (12-5, 3-3 AE) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“It's a proud moment for all of us,” said Head Coach Amanda O'Leary. “I think these young women worked really, really hard for this, and just to see their name at the No. 1 seed says a lot about our program and certainly where we're headed.”

The Gators earn their second-straight trip the NCAA Tournament, receiving the No. 4 seed in 2011. Florida hosted Stanford in the first-ever NCAA Lacrosse Tournament game ever played in the state of Florida, where UF defeated the Cardinal 13-11 in the first round. The Gators then hosted Duke the following weekend, but came up short, falling 13-9 to the Blue Devils.

Florida and Albany will meet for the first time on Saturday.

“We're absolutely thrilled,” said junior attacker Caroline Chesterman.

“We couldn't ask for a better position than number one. We're going to face a really good team in Albany, and we're just really excited.”

Florida is 4-0 all-time against members of the America East conference.

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