Gators Set to Host First & Second Rounds of NCAA Tournament


Florida welcomes Mercer, Jacksonville and Stanford to The Diz for the opening weekend of NCAA play. 

 

Game Notes | Tickets | Full NCAA Bracket

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The NCAA Tournament returns to Gainesville as the seventh-seeded Florida lacrosse team welcomes Mercer, Jacksonville and Stanford to Donald R. Dizney Stadium for the opening weekend of NCAA Tournament play.

Florida will be back in the friendly confines of The Diz on Friday, taking on the Mercer Bears at 5 p.m. That game will be streamed on ESPN+.

No. 8 Florida vs. Mercer Live Stream | Jacksonville vs. Stanford Live Stream

Approximately 45 minutes after the matchup between the Gators and the Bears, Jacksonville will take on Stanford under the lights.

The winner of each of the first round matchups will face off Sunday at 4 p.m. for a chance to make the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Florida is riding a 13-game win streak into the NCAA Tournament, winning both the AAC regular season conference championship and the tournament championship en route to the automatic bid and one of the Top-8 seeds.

Mercer (14-4) earned its way into the tournament after defeating both Furman and High Point for the Big South Championship.

Ticket Information

All-Session Package

  • Adults:  $8
  • Student/Youth: $5

 
Single Session Tickets (Friday, or Sunday only)

  • Adults: $5
  • Student/Youth: $3

 
No. 8 Florida vs. Mercer Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Friday, May 14 | 4:00 p.m.
Live Stream: ESPN+
Live Stats: NCAA.com

Scouting the Gainesville Field

Mercer | 14-4 overall, 8-1 Big South

  • The Bears earned the Big South’s automatic bid after topping High Point 16-13 early Sunday afternoon  
  • Florida and Mercer have faced off twice in program history, with the Gators holding the 2-0 series advantage. The two squads competed for the first time a season ago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, with Florida picking up the 23-5 victory
  • Notable: This is the fourth-straight season the Bears have won the conference championship, leading to its previous three NCAA appearances. Mercer is 0-3 in NCAA Tournament history
  • Notable: Mercer had four athletes named to the Big South All-Conference Team (First Team – 2, Second Team – 1, Honorable Mention– 1)

 
Jacksonville | 13-4 overall, 5-0 ASUN

  • The Dolphins earned the ASUN’s automatic qualifier after defeating both Coastal Carolina and Liberty in the tournament
  • Florida is 1-0 against Jacksonville this season
  • The Gators lead the all-time series 11-1
  • Home: 6-0 | Away: 5-1 | Neutral: 0-0
  • Last Meeting: April 27, 2022 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 12-6  
  • Notable: This will be the eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Dolphins, with JU sitting at a 2-7 record in tournament play
  • Notable: The Dolphins finished the regular season ranked 20th in the IWLCA poll

 
Stanford | 12-6 overall, 8-2 Pac-12

  • The Cardinal earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after defeating Arizona State in the Pac-12 Championship game
  • The Gators lead the all-time series: 2-0
  • Home: 2-0 | Away: 0-0 | Neutral: 0-0
  • Last Meeting: May 8, 2015 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 15-10
  • Notable: This is the 11th NCAA Tournament for the Cardinal
  • Notable: Stanford won three of the Pac-12 major awards and had six players named to the All-Conference Team  

 
#FLax vs. The Gainesville Field:

  • Florida is 2-0 against the Gainesville field this season
  • The Gators outscored the opponents 31-11 in the two matchups
  • Emma LoPinto leads all scorers with nine points on six goals and three assists. Ashley Gonzalez followed with seven points of her own (3g, 4a) and Danielle Pavinelli added five points (4g, 1a)
  • Liz Harrison recorded a team-high 10 draw controls followed by seven from Emily Heller
  • Emma Wightman leads the way with six groundballs and seven caused turnovers
  • Sarah Reznick tallied 23 saves between the two games, while only allowing 11 goals with a .676 save percentage

 
 
Quick Facts

  • The Gators are 114-21 (.844) in the confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium
  • Florida is 134-5 (.964) when facing teams not ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 poll
  • Danielle Pavinelli is only seven points away from becoming Florida’s 15th 100-goal scorer
  • Emma LoPinto is just 12 points away from hitting 100 career points, becoming Florida’s 20th 100-point scorer

    • If she hits it this season, she would be the first Florida freshman to do so  

  • When scoring at least 14 goals, the Gators are 164-2 in program history
  • Streaking: Sarah Reznick has recorded a save in 48-straight games, the second-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Danielle Pavinelli has registered a point in 22-straight games
  • Streaking: Emma LoPinto has tallied a point in 16-straight games
  • Streaking: Emily Heller has recorded a draw control in 19-straight games
  • Streaking: Liz Harrison has recorded a draw control in 16-straight games

 
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