Saturday March 16, 2013No. 2 Florida Lacrosse Records 11th Win With 13-5 Victory at Oregon
Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored a team-high four goals and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) recorded four points to help No. 2 Florida lacrosse to a 13-5 win over Oregon on a rainy Saturday at Papé Field. The Gators won their 11th straight game in 2013, and snapped Oregon’s four-game win streak with the victory.
Wiegand combined with Dashiell for seven of the Gators’ 13 goals on the afternoon as they outshot Oregon 29-15. Florida also led in ground balls (13-10) and draw controls (12-8). Wiegand and Dashiell also combined to help Florida go 3-for-3 on free positions on the afternoon.
“I thought those two did a really nice job,” Head coach Amanda O’Leary said. “Gabi coming in with four goals is what we expect from her and that’s what Brittany does. She’s going to be an offensive threat and solid through the midfield along with the defensive end, but I couldn’t be prouder of this group as a whole for the way they played today.”
The Gators faced a steady rain for a majority of the game but were unselfish with the ball, recording six assists with senior attack Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) leading the way with two. Senior goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) recorded five saves in the cage on 14 shots she faced in the game. Freshman goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox (Lutherville, Md.) also recorded a save in her three minutes of play in the contest.
Sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) led with four draw controls while Dashiell added three. Four Gators recorded team-high two ground balls and Gilroy caused a team-high three turnovers.
Dashiell got on the board early for the Gators, scoring three goals before the half. She found the back of the net for the first goal of the game at the 26:02 mark off an eight meter free position attempt. She followed it up less than 30 seconds later on an assist by sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.).
Oregon got on the board with 21:27 to play in the half on a Casey Brogan goal, but senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.) followed up with a goal from behind the crease to make it a 3-1 game and took a 6-1 lead with goals from Gilroy, Wiegand and senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.). The Ducks (4-2) chipped in back-to-back goals three and a half minutes apart, cutting the Gators lead to three.
Florida closed the half with three-straight goals including a Dashiell goal with 26 seconds left in the half. Florida was able to minimize its turnovers in the first half, recording just one before the break. They were able to keep their turnovers to under double-digits for the third time this season with only eight in the contest.
The second half was a low-scoring affair, with the two teams combining for just six goals. Oregon came out and scored the first goal of the half and went to work on defense, as Chesterman recorded the Orange and Blue’s first goal of the final half with 10:41 to play. Wiegand would close the game with back-to-back goals and seal the win.
“I have to give credit to Oregon,” O’Leary said. “They came out strong in the second half and had long possessions offensively with a great plan on defense, really giving us a run for our money.”
With the win, the Gators improve to 2-0 all-time over the Ducks as they won the meeting back in 2010 in Gainesville.
The Gators return home to Donald R. Dizney Stadium for two games next week beginning with Stetson on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in their final midweek game of the season. They open up ALC play on Saturday as Ohio State visits for a 1 p.m. opening draw.
For all of the latest information on Florida lacrosse, please log on to www.GatorZone.com/lacrosse or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow Florida lacrosse on Twitter at @GatorZoneLAX or www.twitter.com/GatorZoneLAX. You can also find the Gators on Facebook.