Lacrosse

LAX: Gators to open 2020 season 14th in IWLCA Preseason Poll

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The Gators lacrosse team will begin their second decade of play ranked No. 14 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll, which was released Monday.

Since its inaugural season in 2010, this marks the 10th time Florida has been ranked in the IWLCA Preseason poll.

Last season, the Gators finished with a 14-7 record and an undefeated record in the AAC. The orange and blue brought back their ninth-straight conference championship title in 2019 and look to make it 10 consecutive in 2020.

According to the American Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced last Thursday, they may do just that. The Gators are projected to hoist the conference championship trophy yet again — earning four more No. 1 votes than second-place Cincinnati — and earned five preseason All-conference accolades in Kaitlyn Dabkowski (All-AAC Team), Brianna Harris (All-AAC Team), Grace Haus (Preseason Attacker of the Year), Shannon Kavanagh (Preseason Midfielder of the Year) and Cara Trombetta (Preseason Defender of the Year). The latter two honors were unanimous.

Florida is slated to face nine ranked opponents this year (three of which are ranked in the preseason top-10), starting with No. 18 Colorado in the first game of the season that will also serve as the home opener at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Gators will also compete against No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 6 Princeton, No. 11 Loyola, No. 13 Stony Brook, No. 15 Navy, No. 22 Dartmouth and No. 25 High Point.

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