Tampa Bay Sports Day

University of Tampa Lacrosse Teams Both Ranked Polls

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Tampa men’s lacrosse team has been ranked fifth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll. The Tampa women’s have been ranked in the top-10 of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.

This is the highest preseason ranking the Spartans’ mens team has earned since the 2017 season when they were ranked fourth to begin the season.

The Spartans finished last season with a final record of 15-6, as they fell to eventual National Runnerup Limestone in the NCAA Quarterfinals. In the 2019 season, UT claimed its sixth consecutive Sunshine State Conference tournament championship. The Spartans return two players who were named to the All-Tournament team as Ross Dickerson and Bryan Wright will look to lead UT to another title. Dickerson earned Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year.

Two other Sunshine State Conference foes are represented in the top-20, as Lynn University is ranked 16th and Rollins College is ranked 17th. Florida Southern College and Florida Tech are receiving votes in the poll.

UT will face five teams ranked in the preseason ranking, with the first of those matchups coming on March 4th, as they will face off against third-ranked Adelphi University.

Tampa will begin the 2020 season next Saturday as they will welcome in Queens College of Charlotte into the Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex.

Tampa’s women’s lacrosse has been ranked in the top-10 of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.

The Spartans women squad enter the year as the sixth ranked team in the nation, after finishing the 2019 season with a 14-4 record.

UT ended the 2019 season as the seventh ranked in the nation after falling to Queens University of Charlotte in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Last season was the first time the Spartans made the NCAA postseason in program history.

During the 2019 season, the Spartans claimed their first SSC championship and Claire Swanson became the first player in program history to be named conference Player of the Year. Swanson and

Carly Vaccaro were also the first players in program history to earn All-American honors, earning first-team and third-team respectively.

Three other Sunshine State Conference schools are in the poll, as Rollins College is ranked seventh, Florida Southern is ranked eighth, and Saint Leo is ranked 23rd. The Spartans have six games against teams ranked in the preseason poll, with their first game against a ranked opponent happening February 25th in a home game against ninth ranked Lindenwood University.

The Spartans will open up the season on February 7th as they welcome in the University of Alabama in Huntsville Chargers.