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UF Lacrosse: Gators Earn NCAA Hosting Rights as No. 6 Overall Seed

Photo by Courtney Culbreath

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY KATIE CALLAHAN

Florida will host Vanderbilt, Jacksonville, and Mercer in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament

Just over 24 hours after winning the 2021 American Athletic Conference Tournament, the Florida women’s lacrosse team received the sixth overall seed and earned hosting rights in the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds.

The Gators extend their streak to 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, dating back to 2011.

No. 6 seed Florida will face Mercer at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, followed by a matchup between Jacksonville and Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m. The winners of each game will face off on Sunday, with opening draw slated for 12 p.m.

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UF enters the NCAA Tournament riding a 13-game win streak, going undefeated in conference play. The Gators are 2-1 against the Gainesville field and have gone 5-2 against the overall tournament field in the 2021 campaign.

Florida has not faced the Mercer Bears this season, but the Gators took on both Vanderbilt and Jacksonville in 2021. The Gators defeated Vanderbilt in both matchups this season, outscoring the Commodores 39-16. In the only meeting between Florida and Jacksonville this year, the Dolphins edged out the 12-11 win.

UF enters the 2021 NCAA Tournament with an 8-9 all-time record in NCAA Tournament games.

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