GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 14 Florida lacrosse team makes its 2020 season debut against No. 18 Colorado on Saturday.
Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
This is the fourth meeting between Florida and Colorado, with the Gators holding the 3-0 series advantage. UF won the last meeting, 16-9, on Feb. 9, 2019 in Boulder, Colo.
The 18th-ranked Buffaloes are the first of nine IWLCA Top-25 opponents for the Gators this season. Florida is to host No. 11 Loyola, No. 13 Stony Brook, No. 25 High Point and No. 15 Navy, and will travel to No. 1 Maryland, No. 22 Dartmouth, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 6 Princeton.
Colorado is coming off an 11-8 season in 2019, where the Buffs made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 2 Boston College.
On this team…
“We lost nine seniors – eight of which started last year – so we are going to see a lot of new faces coming into this season. That’s really exciting for us, we have had a great preseason. Our seniors and our upperclassman have done a great job taking the underclassmen under their wing and making sure they understand the culture and the work ethic of this team.”
On what she’s looking for out of the gate…
“Your first game is always a big gauge in determining where you are. We had a solid preseason and we’ve been working a lot on offensive movement, defensive zones, that kind of stuff. It will be exciting for us to get out there and execute on the things we’ve been working on day in and day out. For the first game, we are trying to execute the basics. If we can do that, we will be successful.”
Scouting the Buffs
Colorado enters the 2020 season ranked 18th in the IWLCA Preseason Poll. The Buffaloes lost their leading scorers Miranda Stinson (64 goals, 16 assists) and Samantha Nemirov (51 goals, 15 assists), but return junior Sadie Grozier (36 goals, 10 assists) and sophomore Charlie Rudy (26 goals, two assists).
Senior goalkeeper Julia Lisella returns in the cage for her final season after having recorded 163 saves and a .470 save percentage in 2019
No. 14 Florida vs. No. 18 Colorado Broadcast Information
Series Information – No. 14 Florida vs. No. 18 Colorado
Buffaloes | 2019 season synopsis: 11-8 overall, 8-2 Pac-12
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