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LAX: Four Gators earn end of season accolades; Coaching staff robbed of honors

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The American Athletic Conference announced their end of season honors one day before the conference tournament begins.

Florida was heavily represented as four players earned honors and seven were named First Team All-Conference.

However, the American didn’t select Florida’s staff, led by Amanda O’Leary as the Coaching Staff of the Year, despite dominating the competition throughout league play.

Florida honors-

  • Attacker of the Year: Lindsey Ronbeck
  • Midfielder of the Year: Shannon Kavanagh
  • Defender of the Year: Cara Trombetta
  • Goalkeeper of the Year: Haley Hicklen

First team All-Conference-

  • Attacker Grace Haus
  • Attacker Lindsey Ronbeck
  • Midfielder Shannon Kavanagh
  • Midfielder Sydney Pirreca
  • Defender Sabrina Cristodero
  • Defender Cara Trombetta
  • Goalkeeper Haley Hicklen

Cincinnati’s coaching staff was named the American Athletic Conference’s Coaching Staff of the Year, led by head coach Gina Thompson.

The issue with this is that Florida trounced the Bearcats for the American title in the final regular season contest. The Gators defeated Cincinnati 25-6 last Saturday.

Even if you wanted to look at the entire season rather than just league play, both teams finished with an equal record at 11-6, but Florida played through a gauntlet of Top-20 teams.

The Gators are ranked no. 10 in the RPI ranking while (with the same record) Cincinnati is all the way back at no. 53. The Bearcats ranking is even behind 7-12 California (no. 49) and 6-11 Elon (no. 50, Florida defeated 15-5 in early March), proving their record was inflated by poor competition.

I understand the conference wanting to help promote the sport in other markets, but to put Amanda O’Leary’s staff in the same breath as Cincinnati’s this season is unfair and irresponsible by those who voted.

Florida will face Vanderbilt in the AAC Tournament semifinals on Thursday with a possible rematch with Cincinnati on Saturday.

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