Sunday April 18, 2010Gator Lacrosse Falls to No. 8 Vanderbilt, 12-7, on Senior Day in Home Finale
Seniors Jesse Hogan (left) and Kaley Pendley (right) were honored prior to the game.
The Gators (9-6, 1-3 ALC) held a 6-5 lead with 10:19 to play, but Vanderbilt (11-3, 4-0 ALC) pulled away late in the second half by controlling the draw and finishing their opportunities during a 7-1 scoring run to end the game.
“The draw controls were the turning point of the game,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “We won draw controls as a total, but it was that run that we lost four in a row that was costly.”
opening half was back-and-forth throughout. Carter Foote got the visiting team
on the board first nearly three minutes into the game, but Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) and Caroline Cochran
Ally Carey tied the game at two, then scored again to give the Commodores the
lead with 4:50 remaining in the half. Less than a minute later, Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air,
opened the second half with a goal to push the lead to two, but UF responded
with three-straight goals. Colby Rhea (
Commodores responded within 30 seconds as Carey tied the game at 6-6.
Vanderbilt then took a two-goal lead on back-to-back goals from Foote and Denkler. Bruns cut the lead back
to one, but
“We had a poor shooting day,” said O’Leary. “You have to put the ball in the back of the net. We had multiple opportunities; we had 25 shots, 15 in the first half. You have to score more than seven goals when you have those numbers of shots.”
totaled 25 shots and 17 shots on goal, but Vanderbilt goalie Natalie Wills was
solid between the pipes with 10 saves.
Foote and Carey each finished with four goals for Vanderbilt, while Denkle had two goals and three assists.
Seniors Jesse Hogan (
Florida will take two weeks off before traveling to Evanston, Illinois to face defending national champion Northwestern (12-1, 2-0 ALC) in their regular season finale on May 2 at 1:00 p.m.