Friday April 5, 2013No. 3 Gators Back In Action At Dizney On Saturday To Face No. 17 Johns Hopkins
The third-ranked Florida lacrosse team returns back to the friendly confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday to host No. 17 Johns Hopkins. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m.
Florida holds a 16 game home win streak headed into Saturday’s contest and has a 7-0 record at home this season UF (13-1, 1-1 ALC) suffered its first loss in a 16-11 decision to then-No.10/9 Penn State last Saturday in Happy Valley. Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) recorded four points on three goals and an assist while senior goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) recorded eight saves.
Game Day Promotions vs. Johns Hopkins
First 500 fans get a Florida Lacrosse Visor
Campus USA Credit Union Dance Off
Row of the Game
Autographs – The members of the Florida lacrosse team will sign autographs after Saturday’s game
On the offensive front, the Gators are led by sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) with 41 points (36 goals, five assists) and senior attack Kitty Cullen follows her closely with 40 points (30 goals, 10 assists). The duo helps Florida to the second-best mark in points this season (274) and seventh-best scoring offense in the nation (14.50 goals per game). The Orange and Blue also ranks second in scoring margin, outscoring their opponents by an average of 8.00 goals per game.
Gilroy also leads the team with 38 draw controls helping Florida 14.14 draws per game which ranks 10th in the nation.
Senior defender Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) helps guide a defensive unit with 24 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Senior defender Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) has a team-high 13 caused turnovers while Gilroy adds 12. As a defense, Florida allows just 6.50 goals per game, third-best in the nation.
Senior goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) ranks third in the nation in save percentage with a .520 clip this season. In addition, she ranks second in goals-against average (6.49) and has recorded 73 saves in action this season.
In the ALC, the Gators lead three team categories in team defense, team offense and ground balls while Meagher leads in goals-against average.
Johns Hopkins is coming off its first conference win of the season in a 12-11 overtime thriller against Vanderbilt last Saturday. Junior attack Taylor D’Amore scored the game winning goal in the final seconds, helping Hopkins to their first ALC win of the season. D’Amore leads the team with 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists) on the season. Junior Sammy Cermack follows up D’Amore with 33 points while junior middie Sarah Taylor leads with 27 goals. Freshman Dene’ DiMartino has come on strong in her rookie campaign with 22 goals and three assists so far.
Goalkeeper Cosette Larash has started every game in the cage for the Blue Jays, recording 68 saves for a .422 save percentage. She recorded 26 minutes against the Commodores before switching places with KC Emerson who recorded the win last weekend.
Florida leads the all-time series with the Blue Jays, 3-1. Hopkins took the first ever meeting between the two teams but the Orange and Blue have won three-straight including a 13-12 double overtime win in Baltimore, Md. last season. UF and Hopkins are ranked in both major polls headed into Saturday’s tilt. The Gators coming in at No. 3 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 4 while the Blue Jays earn No. 17 and No. 19 rankings, respectively.
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