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UF Women: Madison Waters Joins Gators as Transfer

via UF press release, by Katie Callahan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida women’s lacrosse team officially announced the addition of midfielder Madison Waters to the program as a transfer on Tuesday.  

The rising junior comes to the Gators from the University of Southern California, where she spent her first two collegiate seasons.

The 2021 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Waters hails from Bayport, N.Y. and saw action in all 32 games for the Trojans during her two seasons, including 19 starts.

All of Waters’ accomplishments from prior to her time at Florida can be found below.

Madison Waters | M | 5-4 | Bayport, N.Y. | Bayport Blue Point HS
Sophomore Season (2022)

  • Played in all 16 games for the Trojans with 11 starts during her sophomore campaign
  • Scored a career-high five goals against Stanford on April 10
  • Posted a career-best three caused turnovers against Cal on April 8
  • Ranked sixth on the team in points, goals and caused turnovers
  • Finished the season with 23 goals, two assists, 16 groundballs, 12 caused turnovers, seven draw controls and a .455 shooting percentage

Freshman Season (2021)

  • Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
  • Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team
  • Played in all 16 games with eight starts
  • Scored 22 goals and had three assists for 25 points
  • Ranked third on the team in ground balls (22) and fifth in caused turnovers (13)
  • Ranked fourth on the team in goals (22) and points (25)
  • Scored in all but four games and had multiple goals in six contests
  • Recorded three hat tricks with a career-high four goals against California (Apr. 16)
  • Scored the game-winning goal against Oregon (Mar. 28) 
  • Finished with a .458 shooting percentage and a .750 shots-on-goal percentage

Prior to Florida

  • Five-year letterwinner and two-time team captain at Bayport Blue-Point HS under head coach Ryan Gick
  • U.S. Lacrosse All-America third-team selection
  • Four-time Under Armour All-American Long Island Selection
  • Invited to the U.S. Lacrosse U19 tryout
  • Three-time All-Suffolk County selection
  • 2020 Inside Lacrosse/ILWomen Power 100 Incoming Freshman
  • Led BBPHS to the 2019 Suffolk County Championship
  • Also lettered in track and field and soccer for four years as a two-time soccer team captain and two-time All-Suffolk County choice
  • Played eight years of club lacrosse for the Long Island Yellow Jackets and helped lead the team to a national title
  • Parents are Dennis and Megan Waters
  • Father Dennis ran track and field and cross country at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (1991-95)
  • Has a younger brother named Brendan

Waters – along with the group of eight newcomers who signed their NLIs in the fall – will comprise Florida’s incoming class of 2023.

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