Lacrosse

LAX: Gators ranked #1 in AAC Preseason Coaches Poll; UF sweeps awards

The American Athletic Conference announced the preseason coaches poll as well as the All-Conference team and the annual honors.

The University of Florida tops the Coaches Poll, earning five of six possible first place votes.

  1. Florida
  2. Vanderbilt
  3. Connecticut
  4. Temple
  5. Cincinnati
  6. East Carolina

Senior attacker Lindsey Ronbeck was named the preseason AAC Attacker of the Year after compiling 45 goals and 13 assists in 13 games as a junior.

Senior midfielder Sidney Pirreca was named the preseason AAC Midfielder of the Year. Pirreca finished the 2018 campaign with 42 goals and 11 assists.

Defender Cara Trombetta earned AAC Defender of the Year honors. Trombetta was an All-Big East performer last year as a sophomore and set the program’s record for turnovers caused (43).

GK Haley Hicklen was named the preseason AAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Hicklen recorded a program record 178 saves last year and was All-Big East a season ago.

They were joined by Sabrina Cristodero, Grace Haus, and Shannon Kavanagh on the All-AAC team.

Florida finished 2018 with a 17-4 record and went undefeated in Big East play. The Gators open 2019 in Colorado on February 9.

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