Saturday February 16, 2013No. 3 Gator Lacrosse Wraps Up Road Swing at High Point Sunday
The No. 3 University of Florida lacrosse team will wrap up a three-game road swing on Sunday as they face High Point University in High Point, N.C. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Vert Field.
The Gators opened the 2013 season a week ago on the road in North Carolina, where they beat the University of North Carolina 5-3 while also defeating Jacksonville 15-4 on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla. They return home to Gainesville to for the home opener on Wednesday versus No. 18/19 Stony Brook.
High Point is in its third year of existence as a program after posting back-to-back 15-4 records in 2011 and 2012. They return all starters from a season ago, including National Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year junior Mackenzie Carroll and 2011 NLC POY senior Grace Gaeng. Carroll led the Panthers with 71 points off 33 goals and 38 assists while Gaeng posted 67 points on 30 goals and 37 assists with a team-high 47 draw controls. Four other returners scored at least 20 goals last season: midfielders Sara Kuhlman, Christie Dougherty, Kendyl Gardner and Alec Perry. They also add 10 newcomers for the 2013 season.
The Panthers’ defense is anchored by senior captain Courtney McLaughlin and junior All-Conference selection Jasmine Jordan. Last year, Jordan totaled team highs of 48 ground balls and 29 caused turnovers along with 31 draw controls. McLaughlin had 30 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. The Panthers opened the 2013 season on Friday with a 9-5 win over Virginia Tech at Vert Field.
Florida is led by senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) who has seven goals and assist on the season while senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) has three goals and two assists in 2013. Sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) has a team-high five draw controls while senior defenders Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) and Kayla Stolins (Glen Arm, Md.) each have five ground balls.
The game can be viewed on HighPointPanthers.com (pay per view - $4.95) or heard online on GatorZone.com with Cory Stephens on the call. In addition, make sure to follow @GatorZoneLax on Twitter and like the Gators’ Facebook page for in game updates.