Friday March 22, 2013No. 2 Florida Lacrosse Opens Up ALC Play Versus Ohio State at Dizney Stadium on Saturday
The second-ranked Florida lacrosse team opens up its conference slate Saturday hosting the Ohio State Buckeyes. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators bring a 12-0 season record into the matchup and a 10-game win streak in the American Lacrosse Conference that dates back to 2011. The last time the Gators lost a regular-season ALC game was on May 7, 2011 in a 10-6 loss versus then-No.10 Vanderbilt. Florida is also one of four undefeated teams left in Division I lacrosse headed into Saturday’s game.
Game Day Promotions vs. Ohio State
Staycation – Turn Dizney into a vacation spot – tropical music, special concessions item for the day lemonade – enjoy the fun in the sun!
Gator Twitter Picture of the Game – Using the #FLax hashtag fans can tweet their photos of the game to @GZAlberta – the photo of the game will be chosen during the 2nd half and announced. The winner receives an Amazon Kindle.
Autographs – Every Saturday the Gator team will stick around post-game to sign autographs for all fans in attendance.
Local Big Brothers & Big Sisters Clubs Day
Kid’s Day & Kid’s Corner – Poster making, Face painting,, Interactive Games, Caricature artist
Junior Gator Announcer – One lucky fan, 12 and under, will be chosen to announce the starting lineups.
Tunnel – Every weekend game children will be invited to the field to form a pre-game tunnel for the Gators
Florida is led by senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) with 35 points (26 g, 9 a) and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) with 32 points (29 g, 3 a). In all, six players have scored 17 goals or more including senior attack Ashley Bruns (22), senior attack Gabi Wiegand (18, team-high 10 assists), senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (17) and sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (17).
Defensively, the Gators are providing a balanced attack with senior defender Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) recording a team-high 19 ground balls and senior defender Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) causing 12 turnovers.
Gilroy leads with 32 draw control and is one of six Gators recording double-digit draw controls. Florida currently holds a 5.66 scoring defense which ranks fourth-best in the nation. Other categories the Gators are leading in include second in points, fourth in scoring margin, 12th in scoring offense and 20th in ground balls per game.
The Gators hold a 4-1 advantage over the Buckeyes in the all-time series including two wins in 2012. UF recorded a 10-6 win in Columbus, Ohio in the regular season, and squeaked out a 5-4 win in the NCAA tournament first round in Gainesville.
Ohio State enters Saturday’s matchup with a 3-4 record having lost its most recent contest last Saturday with Boston University, 16-11. They are led by sophomore Jackie Cifarelli (9g, 21a), junior midfielder Cara Facchina (14g, 9a) and junior attack Katie Chase (18g, 1a) are the leading point scorers near the midpoint of the season with Chase also holding a team-leading 37 draw controls. Cifarelli’s assists top the ALC and are fifth in the NCAA, while Chase’s draw controls are second in the league and ninth in the nation.
Sophomore midfielder Taylor Donahue (11ct, 12gb) and junior defender Tayler Kuzma (11ct, 13gb) have led the defensive attack for the Buckeyes this season. Sophomore Tori DeScenza has started all seven games in goal, playing the full 60 minutes in each of the last five.
Saturday’s game can be heard live on ESPN 850/900 in Gainesville, online here or on GatoZone.com with Cory Stephens and Kyle Benzion on the call. Live video will be available from GatorZone.com (subscription) and live stats via Gametracker. For in-game updates, follow the Gators on Twitter at @GatorZoneLax.