Special to The Sun
NEW ORLEANS – Florida coach Mike Holloway was named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, the organization announced Tuesday.
This is the fourth time Holloway’s earned the award, also garnering it in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Holloway led the Gators to their fourth win at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which was the program’s first since 2012, when it capped a three-peat. The Gators are now one of four programs in Division I history with four indoor titles. Florida also boasts eight NCAA team titles since 2010 — a total that leads all of Division I by three during that span.
Joined with its back-to-back victories at the 2016 and 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Gators have won three of the last four NCAA team titles. Florida has also won the title or finished second at 20 of the 31 men’s NCAA Championships Holloway has been head coach for, his first year being 2003. No other program has more than nine such finishes during that span.
Lacrosse: Facing a 10-2 deficit just 19 minutes into Tuesday’s game against No. 10 Navy (5-2), Florida (5-2) mounted a furious comeback to claim a 19-16 win at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators outscored Navy 17-6 over the final 37 minutes, including a 4-0 run by Shannon Kavanagh alone over the contest’s final 11 minutes. Kavanagh’s run tied the game with 10:56 remaining, gave UF its first lead at 6:05, and ultimately built a three-goal cushion to ice the win.
“This team could have quit or put their head down, but they gutted it out,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “I am so proud of them for that. I give a lot of credit to Navy – they came in here with a great game plan, and outworked us in the first half.
” We need to continue to get better at coming out of the locker room ready to play games. I’m pleased with the way we changed our mentality in the second half and put it all together, offensively and defensively, to close the game.”
Florida either trailed or faced a tied score for the first 53:56 minutes. The eight-goal margin overcome by the Gators was the largest in program history.
Sophomore defender Cara Trombetta made her presence felt by causing a career-high five turnovers, and limiting Navy’s Kelly Larkin to just one goal on four shots. The Gator defense only allowed the Midshipmen to score five goals in the second half.
Florida will open Big East Conference play at Vanderbilt (5-2) for a 2 p.m. match Sunday.
Gymnastics: A sweep of the event titles in last Friday’s win against No. 13 Nebraska gives Florida’s Alex McMurtry her second SEC Gymnast of the Week award this season. A pair of collegiate-best marks earn Jazmyn Foberg her second SEC Freshman of the Week honor.
Men’s tennis: Florida (8-5) is hosting Texas Christian University (7-3) at 6 p.m. today at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex.