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Friday April 27, 2012Nora Barry Tabbed as Synapse Sports National Rookie of the Week

Gainesville, Fla. has named Gator freshman Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) this week’s National Rookie of the Week, after her strong performance at No. 1 Northwestern on Saturday. A league-leading four-time ALC Rookie of the Week, Barry earns her third national weekly honor, after being named Rookie of the Week and to the Honor Roll two weeks ago after scoring the game-winning goal in double overtime at Johns Hopkins.

Barry is the second Gator to earn national rookie honors from, formerly, as teammate Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) tabbed the honor twice in 2010. Barry joins teammate Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) in this week’s national honors, with Wiegand garnering National Player of the Week on Monday. Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) was the first Florida lacrosse player to get a national player of the week honor this season, earning National Defensive Player of the Week on March 26.

The rookie midfielder played the full 60 minutes against No. 1 Northwestern, not backing down against the powerhouse 'Cats. Barry scored a goal, an assist, a ground ball and two draw controls, asserting her influence on both ends of the field, as well as helping the Gators go a perfect 13-for-13 through the midfield on clears. Though the Gators held a 5-2 lead at the half, the Wildcats came out of the break firing and tied the score in less than four minutes. Just 27 seconds after NU tied it, Barry executed a perfect assist to Ashley Bruns off an 8-meter attempt to give the lead back to the Gators. The 'Cats then powered in front 7-6, but Barry made another big play 57 seconds later, getting open and driving the ball in to tie the score at seven and give the Gators the opportunity to win.

Maryland’s Karri Ellen Johnson and Notre Dame’s Ellie Hilling claimed the remaining two weekly honors from Offensive Player of the Week Johnson helped the Terrapins to the ACC title with a 12-point, 12-draw control weekend. She had four goals and four draw controls in the upset of North Carolina on Monday night, capping off an impressive weekend for the Terps to clinch the first automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Hilling, the Irish goalkeeper, made 29 saves on the week as Notre Dame went 2-0, including a pair of victories over ranked teams. In the win over Georgetown, Hilling made a stop in overtime, helping ND go on to the victory. She added 16 ground balls between the two triumphs.

Additionally, six players were named to the National Honor Roll for the week; Oregon’s Kristina Barrett, Syracuse’s Becca Block, Kelly Custer of Towson, Caitlin Prince of Duquesne, New Hampshire’s Laura Puccia and Princeton’s Erin Silfer.

The Gators return to action on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the ALC Semifinals. Florida will take on the winner of the quarterfinal game between the fourth- and fifth-seeded teams. While the lowest three seeds have yet to be determined, Florida will face one of Johns Hopkins, Ohio State or Vanderbilt in the conference semifinals. All five games of the tournament, hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, will be streamed live free of charge on GatorVision.

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