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Friday March 15, 2013No. 2 Florida Lacrosse Heads West For Saturday Contest With Oregon

Gainesville, Fla.

The second-ranked Florida lacrosse team will head west for a Saturday matchup with the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore.  Opening draw is set for 4 p.m. ET.


The game will be the furthest west the Gators have ever played and bring a perfect 10-0 record into the meeting.  UF is off to a hot start to the season, recording five wins over ranked opponents including two wins over top-10 foes.


Florida is coming off an 18-2 win at home over Lehigh on Tuesday. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the half and scored 15 unanswered goals for their 10th win this season and 14th–straight win at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.  Five Gators scored three points each as sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) led the team with three goals. Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.), sophomore midfielder Nicole Graziano (Mendham, N.J.) both scored a goal and dished out two assists while freshman attack Lauren Lea (Elkridge, Md.) and senior attack Erin Graziano (Mendham, N.J.) each scored a season-high two goals and one assist.


It was an all-out team effort as 12 different Gators scored in the win and four freshmen - Angela Flister (Eldersburg, Md), Devon Schneider (Lititz, Pa.), Beth Willertz (Severn, Md.) and Carly Ross (Freeland, Md.) – scored their first career goals.


Oregon, the defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation champion, is 4-1 coming into the game at Papé Field and riding a four-game win streak. The Ducks haven’t played since March 8 when they defeated Davidson and have played all their games at home this season.  They are led by senior attack Kate Cathell and junior midfielder Shannon Propst with 17 points apiece. Cathell leads with 11 goals while Propst has chipped in 10 assists.  Goalies Caroline Federighi and Salliebeth Finnegan have split time in the cage with Finnegan recording a 3-0 record and Federighi at 1-1. The duo has combined for 26 saves with a .406 win percentage. The Ducks’ defense is currently holding opponents to 7.60 goals per game, which ranks 10th in the nation.


Four of Oregon’s five games this season have been decided by one point or less and three have gone into overtime. The Gators enter Eugene as the highest-ranked team to face the Ducks at home since April 15, 2011 when they hosted then-No. 7 Stanford. 


The game can be heard on ESPN 850/900 in Gainesville or online here with Cory Stephens on the call.  Free live video is also available from the Pac-12 streaming site along with live in-game updates from the Gators’ official Twitter account, @GatorZoneLax.    


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