Florida Fulfills Prophecy on 'Wall of Champions'
In the January 2010 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, the cover of which featured a lurking Sam Farrell of the new University of Florida women's lacrosse team, Clare Lochary provided the following account of the student-athletes' gym at the Swamp, tucked beneath the football stadium's soaring structure.
"To get to the gym, you must walk down a long hallways lined with plaques for each of the Gators' 19 varsity teams, commemorating the collective 22 national titles they have won. Women's lacrosse comes last along the wall. The plaque is tantalizingly blank.
"At another school, they might have waited until a team actually won a championship before putting up a plaque, but that is not the Florida way."
Consider that prophecy at least partially fulfilled. Conference championships get engraved too. So Florida, which clinched the American Lacrosse Conference regular season title thanks to wins last week over Northwestern and Vanderbilt, has already etched its name in lacrosse lore in this, just its second season.
The following photo appeared on the Florida women's lacrosse team's Facebook page Wednesday. That did not take long. And with the Gators ranked No. 3 nationally, an NCAA championship has never been within such close grasp so soon in any team's existence.