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UT lacrosse team enjoys surprising success

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The University of Tampa lacrosse team has made it to the NCAA Division II final four in only its third season of existence.

The Spartans surprised even themselves with their early success.

Head coach Rory Whipple admits he's impressed too.

"We've won the conference three years straight, and ultimately to win a national championship with a three-year old program would be pretty amazing, pretty monumental," Whipple said.

The UT lacrosse team is the first lacrosse team in the state of Florida to play in and host an NCAA tournament game. The Spartans beat Mercyhurst in the quarterfinals game in Tampa.

Now, the Spartans will hit the road to take on Limestone in Gaffney, South Carolina on Sunday. UT stands one win away from the title game May 25th in Baltimore.

Sophomore attacker Jake Rooney calls this opportunity "surreal”

"I knew we had a good team,” Rooney says. "But I never thought it would happen. Now that we're actually here it's very surreal. Both my parents went here and being from the state of Florida and being the first team to host an NCAA game, it's cool. It means a lot."

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