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Gators to host tourney games

Published November 9, 2004

SEC champion Florida earned the No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament and hosts Central Florida in the opening round Friday.

Florida State, one of just 18 teams making a fifth consecutive appearance, plays Boston College - a future ACC rival - in the other game in Gainesville.

Game times have not been determined, and the winners meet Sunday.

"We know the facility. We know what to expect from a weather standpoint. I'm glad we weren't shipped (out of the region)," said FSU coach Patrick Baker, who figured the chances of hosting ended with a quarterfinal loss in penalty kicks to Clemson in the ACC tournament.

"We can play in nice, warm weather, and that's crucial for our group."

FSU has a history in the postseason at Florida to feel warm about, too. It beat the Gators 2-1 in the 2000 tournament and 2-1 in last year's Elite Eight. "Of course, there's some disappointment not hosting," sophomore defender Kelly Rowland said. "But Gainesville seems to be a good place for us. I'm excited to get down there."

The Gators got an automatic berth by beating Tennessee 2-1 in double overtime in Sunday's SEC final. They beat UCF 3-2 in overtime in the first round last year.

TAMPA: Seniors Ingo Fochler and Catherine Moore were named to the Academic All-District III first team. Fochler is pursuing his MBA with a 3.564 grade point average. Moore is scheduled to graduate magna cum laude in December.

[Last modified November 9, 2004, 00:27:24]


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