Thursday May 6, 2010Lacrosse Beats No. 20 Johns Hopkins 14-3; Advances to ALC Semifinals
The University of Florida lacrosse team picked a good time to play their best game of the season. Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) matched a school record with six goals and the Gators beat No. 20 Johns Hopkins 14-3 in the quarterfinals of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament in Columbus, Ohio.
The Gators earned their 10th win of the season, becoming just the sixth Division I women’s lacrosse program to earn 10 wins in their first season. Florida (10-7) advances to play No. 10 Vanderbilt (11-4) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the ALC Semifinals.
The Gators controlled the flow of play from the beginning, and had a rock-solid effort from freshman goalie Cara Canington (Bel Air, Md.). Canington faced 15 shots on goal and made a school-record 14 saves, allowing just one goal in over 57 minutes of action.
After a scoreless opening five minutes, Caroline Cochran (Annapolis, Md.) got the Gators on the board first. Just 24 seconds later, ALC Rookie of the Year Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) gave UF a 2-0 lead. Florida continued to pour it on with seven more unanswered goals, including three by Cullen, to build a 9-0 lead.
Candace Rossi, who scored five goals in the first meeting between the two teams, scored the Blue Jays lone goal of the first half, but Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) scored her second goal of the game and her third of the season to put the Gators up 10-1 at the break.
Cullen opened the second half with two more goals to build a 12-1 lead with 20 minutes to play. Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) and Bruns capped the scoring for Florida.
Danielle Ensley and Sam Schrum each scored for Johns Hopkins in the final two minutes for the final 14-3 margin.
Cullen was perfect shooting on the day, scoring six goals on six shots, and tied Bruns for the most goals in one game this season. Bruns finished with three goals and leads the team with 47 on the season.
Chesterman and Reeg each had two goals and Cochran scored one. Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) had two assists and two ground balls and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) had one assist, four draw controls and one ground ball.
Earlier this season, Florida lost to Vanderbilt 12-7 in Gainesville. The Commodores have not played since losing 27-9 at Northwestern on April 24. The winner will advance to Saturday’s championship game and face the winner of the first semifinal between No. 2 Northwestern and Penn State.