Colorado & Jacksonville face off in the first round on Friday; Gators take on winner of game 1 Sunday at Noon
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The NCAA Tournament is back in Gainesville and First Round action between Colorado and Jacksonville is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday.
No. 6-seeded Florida will face the First Round winner on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. A livestream will be available for both games, with Ryan Urquhart and Gator lacrosse alumnus Annabeth Collins on the call.
Friday’s matchup between Colorado and Jacksonville will be only the second meeting between the schools and first since 2014. The Gators faced both the Buffs and the Dolphins earlier this season, picking up both wins at home.
A trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals awaits the winner of Sunday’s game and they will face the winner of No. 3-seeded James Madison, Stanford and Virginia Tech. Should both seeded teams win their games on Sunday, Florida will travel to James Madison.
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No. 6 seed Florida enters the NCAA Tournament on a 10-game win streak, including going undefeated in conference play en route to its fourth-straight BIG EAST Regular Season & Conference Championship. The Gators rank fourth nationally in both scoring offense (16.95/g) and scoring margin (+7.32/g). Lindsey Ronbeck is 15th in the NCAA in goals this season with 61, while Haley Hicklen is 22nd in save percentage (.486).
Jacksonville finished 16-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play and earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning the ASUN conference earlier in May. They defeated Coastal Carolina, 25-19.
The Buffs earned an at-large bid to the tournament after falling in the Pac-12 Championship to Stanford. Colorado finished 13-5 overall and 9-1 in conference play.
#Flax vs. The Field:
- In the regular season, Florida went 2-0 against the two other teams in the field and outscored them 32-14
- The Gators scored 16 goals against both opponents
- led the offensive attack in both games, finishing with eight points on five goals and three assists
- recorded 25 saves during the two games, with a blistering .689 save percentage
No. 15 Colorado vs. Jacksonville Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m.
Live Stats: Sidearm
No. 6 Florida vs. Advancing Team Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Sunday, May 13 at 12 p.m.
Live Stream: YouTube
Series Information – Colorado vs. Jacksonville
- This is second meeting between these two squads, with the first coming in Colorado’s inaugural season in 2014
- Jacksonville leads the series 1-0
- Jacksonville, Fla.: 1-0 | Boulder, Colo.: 0-0 | Neutral: 0-0
- Last Time: Feb. 15, 2014 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Dolphins win 20-13
Series Information – Florida vs. Jacksonville
- If the Dolphins advance, it will be the ninth meeting between Florida and Jacksonville
- Florida leads 8-0
- Home 4-0 | Away: 4-0 | Neutral: 0-0
- Last Time: Feb. 28, 2018 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 16-5
Series Information – Florida vs. Colorado
- If the Buffs advance, it will be just the second meeting between Florida and Colorado
- Florida leads 1-0
- Home 1-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 0-0
- Last Time: Feb. 11, 2018 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 16-9
Coach O’Leary’s Insight
On the preparation & mindset of this team:
“They are loose and having fun. There is no monkey on their back like everyone talks about, they don’t even see that. They are going out, having fun and doing a great job in practice. They are great in the locker room and this team is just different – they walk out every day on the practice field and go hard. They don’t take a day off and it’s exciting.”
On using the past as a lesson:
Between these two teams [Colorado and Jacksonville], no matter who comes out victorious on Sunday, it is going to be a really tough game on Sunday. Our team seems to be really relaxed and ready to play.”
On growth of inexperienced players:
“It’s incredible. You look at the freshman class with Shannon [Kavanagh], Sabrina [Cristodero], Grace [Haus], Kaitlyn [Dabkowski] and Eddy [Shoop] – across the board this freshman class has done a great job for us. They are not playing like freshman anymore, we seasoned them well and they are playing great. They are a fun group to be around and the upperclassmen enjoy being around them and taking them under their wing. They aren’t inexperienced anymore.”
Florida Quick Facts
- This is the third year in a row that the Gators are hosting the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament and seventh time overall
- Florida is 6-7 overall in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Final Four in 2012
- #PirrecaPower: Pirreca sisters Shayna and Sydney have combined to score 33% (106/322) of Florida’s goals in 2018
- Shayna Pirreca is on a 39-game streak of scoring at least one goal, the longest streak in UF history. Her 41 consecutive games with a point is third-best in program history
- Florida owns a record of 87-14 (.861) record in the confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Numbers of Note
- 19: The Gators’ school record for wins in a season. UF is three wins away from tying that record in 2018
- 8: Conference championships for Florida in nine seasons (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 in the ALC, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the BIG EAST)
- 6: Florida now has six consecutive tournament championship in program history (2012 & 2014 in the ALC, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the BIG EAST)
- 6: Number of conference Coaching Staff of the Year awards that Florida has received under the direction of Amanda O’Leary (2011, 2012 & 2014 in the ALC, 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the BIG EAST)
- 4: NCAA Quarterfinals berths for the Gators since the program, started in 2010 (2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014)
- 1: Final Four berth for the Orange and Blue in 2012
The Gators play host to the NCAA First & Second Rounds this weekend.
|Friday, May 11||4 p.m.||Colorado vs. Jacksonville||YouTube|
|Sunday, May 13||Noon||Florida vs. Round 1 Winner||YouTube|
The winner of this Sunday’s game advances to the Quarterfinals, where they face the winner of No. 3 James Madison/Stanford/Virginia.
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