Gators Earn Program's First No. 1 Ranking

The lacrosse program became the fastest Florida sports program to reach No. 1 in the polls on Tuesday when it was named the unanimous top team in the country in its third season of existence. The Gators are the 14th team in poll history to be ranked at the top. Florida defeated Northwestern, who was ranked No. 1 in every previous poll in 2012, in the ALC Championship to overtake the spot.

Florida received all 20 votes in this week's IWLCA Coaches' Poll to secure the honor. The Gators are the first team to earn its first No. 1 ranking in school history since Northwestern earned the top spot in the poll on March 21, 2005, during the Wildcats' fourth season with a program. Florida earned its first top-ranked honor in the third season of the program.

The Gators join North Carolina as the only third-year programs to ever achieve a No. 1 ranking. The Tar Heels stayed at the top of the rankings for six weeks and finished the season at No. 2 in 1998.

Florida became the youngest program in history to earn the top seed in the NCAA Tournament when the brackets were announced on Sunday night.

Last season, Florida earned a No. 2 ranking in the poll, becoming the highest ranking for any program in its second year of existence.

The Gators start NCAA Tournament play on Saturday when they host Albany at 1 p.m. in the first round.


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