For some players, leaving home to go and play a sport in another state can be hard. But that wasn’t the case for Gaor Lacrosse player Sydney DuPre. The sophomore defensive player from Houston, Texas grew up with Southeastern Conference bloodlines as her father played golf for Louisiana State University. And once the opportunity was given, she couldn’t turn down an offer to play for the Gators.
“I grew up in a family that supported SEC sports and I started getting recruited by some colleges for lacrosse and Florida was the only SEC school, so that was a really big point that sold me.”
DuPre, who was listed as a top 25 player in the nation before her senior year at Episcopal High School by MaxPreps, said that her visit to Florida really stood out to her.
“Everything about UF is so amazing and when I came and visited, I was just instantly sold.”
As a freshman, DuPre appeared in all 21 games and started 19 of them. The Gators lacrosse team competes in the American Lacrosse Conference, since there is no SEC in lacrosse. She was named ALC Rookie of the Week three times, and was named to the 2013 ALC Academic Honor Roll, as well as the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll. She recorded 15 ground balls and eight draw controls as a freshman.
DuPre credits both of her parents for being the biggest influences in her life. “My dad played sports all of his life and he really taught me how to work hard and really excel in whatever you choose to do and my mom is just always there to support me.”
DuPre now finds herself in an interesting position on the team. Even though she’s just a sophomore, she will be leaned on to become a leader for a team that has 11 true freshmen. “Me and Krista (Grabher) are the only veterans on the defensive end, and all of our defense last year were seniors and we learned so much from them and I think that’s really helped me to step up as a leader, just learning from them and seeing how they played last year has really helped me.”
DuPre and the rest of the Florida lacrosse squad will now set their sights on capturing a conference and if things fall into place, a national title in the 2014 season.