via UF press release
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators’ lacrosse team was tabbed to win the American Athletic Conference championship in the 2019 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced on Thursday afternoon.
The league is in its inaugural season of women’s lacrosse and the order of the preseason poll is as follows: Florida (5), Vanderbilt (1), UConn, Temple, Cincinnati and ECU.
Florida received five of the six first-place votes and led the conference with seven preseason All-AAC players, including six unanimous selections. No other school had more than three All-AAC nods in the poll.
In addition to the seven All-Conference team selections, the Gators swept the Preseason Player of the Year awards.
was named Preseason Attacker of the Year, Cara Trombetta
was tabbed as Preseason Defender of the Year, Sydney Pirreca
earned Preseason Midfielder of the Year honors and Haley Hicklen
was named Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
Hicklen, Pirreca, Ronbeck and Trombetta were joined on the Preseason All-AAC team by Sabrina Cristodero, Grace Haus
and Shannon Kavanagh.
Haus (A), Hicklen (GK), Kavanagh (M), Pirreca (M), Ronbeck (A)
and Trombetta (D)
were all unanimous selections.
The Gators are coming off a season in 2018 where they went undefeated in BIG EAST play, outscoring opponents by 94 goals in the nine games. The squad won its fourth consecutive BIG EAST regular season championship and tournament championship during the season as well.
UF made its first NCAA quarterfinal since 2014, finishing the season 17-4. With the team entering the 10th season, Florida holds an overall record of 148-36 (.804) – all under head coach Amanda O’Leary
Florida, picked No. 4 in the USLacrosse Preseason rankings
, gets the 2019 season started on the road against Colorado on Feb. 9 in Boulder, Colo.
2019 American Athletic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Poll
Preseason Attacker of the Year
Lindsey Ronbeck, Sr., Florida*
Preseason Defender of the Year
Cara Trombetta, So., Florida*
Preseason Midfielder of the Year
Sydney Pirreca, Sr., Florida*
Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
Haley Hicklen, Sr., Florida*
Preseason All-Conference Team
|Team (First Place Votes)
|1. Florida (5)
|2. Vanderbilt (1)
Monica Borzillo, Jr., A, Cincinnati*
Amanda Donovan, Sr., M, Cincinnati
Sam Mlkvy, R-Jr., M, Cincinnati
Caitlin Leary, Sr., A, UConn
Olivia Miles, Jr., M, UConn
Sydney Watson, So., M, UConn*
Megan Pallozzi, So., M, ECU
Sabrina Cristodero, So., D, Florida
Grace Haus, So., A, Florida*
Haley Hicklen, Sr., GK, Florida*
Shannon Kavanagh, So., M, Florida*
Sydney Pirreca, Sr., M, Florida*
Lindsey Ronbeck, Sr., A, Florida*
Cara Trombetta, Jr., D, Florida*
Maddie Gebert, Jr., M, Temple*
Amber Lambeth, Sr., M, Temple
Kara Nakrasius, Jr., D, Temple*
Melanie Becker, Sr., M, Vanderbilt
Julie Blaze, Sr., M, Vanderbilt*
Emily Mathewson, Jr., A, Vanderbilt*
*denotes unanimous selection
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