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Tuesday March 13, 2012No. 6/5 Gators Welcome Stony Brook Wednesday

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 6/5 Florida lacrosse team will host its first-ever meeting against Stony Brook in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

This will be the first time that the Gators and the Seawolves meet. Florida holds a 3-0 record over teams from the America East conference, outscoring New Hampshire 15-3 in 2010 and going 2-0 against UMBC.

The Gators are coming off a 20-3 victory over Temple University, where Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) led the team with four goals, and freshman Shannon Gilroy (Huntington, N.Y.) and junior Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) also came up big for the Gators with three goals each.

Florida was up five before Temple scored its first goal at 14:38 in the first half, and then the Gators followed with 13 unanswered points for an 18-1 lead. In the last 12 minutes of play, both teams scored two each for a final of 20-3. It was the third time this season that Florida has scored 20 or more points in a single game.

Junior goalkeeper Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) earned her second ALC Defensive Player of the Week honor after making 17 saves in the past two games, including a school-record 15 at No. 15 Georgetown on Wednesday.

The Seawolves stand at 5-1, opening the season with a five-game winning streak before dropping a one-goal contest to No. 4 Duke. Stony Brook has yet to break into the IWLCA top 20, but is currently ranked No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer media poll and has received votes in the past three IWLCA coaches’ polls.

Stony Brook junior Demmianne Cook leads the nation with an average of 4.5 goals per game, and ranks second in total goals (27). Junior Claire Petersen was Nike’s National Player of the Week last week after scoring six goals against then-No.20 Johns Hopkins, including the game-winning goal with nine seconds to go to lead Stony Brook to its first-ever victory against a ranked opponent. Stony Brook sophomore goalkeeper Frankie Caridi ranks fifth in the nation in goals-against average, at 5.87.

Stony Brook is coached by Joe Spallina, who came to SBU after four years at Adelphi. Spallina’s teams at Adelphi saw a 73-2 record in his four seasons, as well as a Division II-best three straight national championships from 2009-2011.

Wednesday’s game will be streamed live on GatorVision and can be heard on SportsRadio850, with LiveStats presented by GameTracker. And as always, follow @GatorZoneLAX on twitter for in-game updates from the press box.

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