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Tuesday April 10, 2012Nora Barry Earns Third ALC Rookie of the Week Honor

Gainesville, Fla.

Freshman midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) was named Rookie of the Week this morning by the American Lacrosse Conference after a standout game against No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday. It is the third time this season that Barry has earned rookie honors, a feat which a Gator has achieved just once before, as teammate Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) picked up the honor three times in 2010. She is one of five Gators to be honored by the ALC this season.

Barry recorded three goals, a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover to push the Gators past No. 19 Johns Hopkins, 13-12, in double overtime on Saturday. The Marcellus, N.Y., native scored a goal in the first half, then gave the Gators their biggest lead of the afternoon, 9-5, with a free-position goal midway through the second. However, her biggest moment of the game came 66 minutes and 58 seconds in, when she was awarded the ball on free position in double overtime. The freshman kept her cool and scored her team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season, to hand the Gators their first-ever overtime victory.

The Gator freshman has been turning heads all season, ever since scoring five goals in Florida’s home opener against Jacksonville on Feb. 15. She is currently tied for fourth on the team with 30 goals on the year, sits at 65th in the nation with a team-high 32 ground balls, and is third on the Gators with 32 draw controls. She has already received recognition around the country, most recently being named to the watch list for Rookie of the Year by Inside Lacrosse.

Ohio State’s Alayna Markwordt and Northwestern’s Brianne LoManto earned ALC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. It is the second time this season that each of them has earned their respective honor.

Markwordt tallied a season-high 10 points, one off her career high, with five goals and five assists in No. 11 Ohio State’s 13-11 win over 15th-ranked Vanderbilt Sunday in Nashville. The Buckeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the first 7:32 of action as Markwordt's first two tallies sandwiched one scored off her first assist to Mary Kate Facchina. The senior attacker would have a hand in seven of Ohio State's eight first-half goals, helping the team maintain at least a two-goal lead for the balance. In the second half, Markwordt assisted on three-consecutive goals as the Buckeyes were building their largest lead of the contest. The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate now has 32 goals and 37 assists on the season, a point total which already ranks seventh all-time for a single season with at least four more games to go.

Senior goalkeeper LoManto, the nation’s leader in goals against average at 6.35, helped shut down two ranked opponents last week as the Wildcats topped No. 12 Penn State and No. 8 Penn on the road. LoManto especially shined against the Nittany Lions, making six first-half saves with the game still in doubt and finishing with eight for the game, her second straight eight-save performance. She also kept PSU to a 2-for-7 success rate on 8-meter attempts. LoManto followed that with five saves against the Quakers Sunday.

The Gators return to action on Saturday, when they host No. 17 Vanderbilt in the final home game of the regular season. The game will be broadcast statewide on Fox Sports Florida with opening draw scheduled for noon.

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