Friday April 19, 2013No. 3 Florida Lacrosse Meets No. 4 Northwestern For Senior Day on Saturday
Another top-five matchup awaits No. 3 Florida on Saturday, as it hosts ALC rival and defending national champion No. 4 Northwestern for Senior Day. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators will honor 13 members of the senior class and two managers after Saturday’s game, and is the first four-year class of seniors in program history. 11 of those players were part of the inaugural recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the country. Overall, this senior class holds a 60-16 overall record and 19-7 in ALC play. They have won two ALC regular season titles and an ALC tournament championship while making an appearance in two-straight NCAA tournaments and a Final Four appearance in 2012.
2013 Senior Day Honorees
#2 Emily Dohony, defender, Parkton, Md.
#3 Caroline Chesterman, attack, South Nyack, N.Y.
#4 Kitty Cullen, attacker, Rockville, Md.
#5 Mikey Meagher, goalkeeper, Liverpool, N.Y.
#7 Jamie Reeg, defender, Atlantis, Fla.
Colby Rhea, midfielder, Abingdon, Md.
#13 Ashley Bruns, attacker, Ellicott City, Md.
#15 Sam Farrell, defender, Millersville, Md.
#20 Kayla Stolins, defender, Glen Arm, Md.
#22 Brittany Dashiell, midfielder, Bel Air, Md.
#24 Hayley Katzenberger, attacker, Dasmarcus, Md.
#35 Gabi Wiegand, attacker, Bay Shore, N.Y.
Manager Jacob Priest
Manager Rachel Smith
Game Day Promotions vs. Northwestern
First 750 fans receive a “Keep Calm and Lax On” tank top
Kids Tunnel – Kids 12 and under are invited down on the field prior to the game to form the player introduction tunnel
Campus USA Halftime Contest
Guess the Halftime Score Contest
Post-Game Senior Ceremony – the 2013 senior class will be honored immediately following the game
UF Students only – Rowdy Reptile Rewards check-in worth 8-points & a prize pickup event.
First 150 students to the game will receive free pizza
One lucky student will win a Flat Screen TV
The game will be a decisive game for the ALC title and seeding for the tournament on May 2-5 in Baltimore, Md. Florida can share a portion of the league title with Northwestern with a win, but other games around the league will determine seeding. The matchup between Johns Hopkins and Ohio State on Sunday as well as the league regular season finale with Johns Hopkins and Penn State on April 27 will all factor into how the tournament is seeded.
Florida is coming off a 21-10 win over ALC member Vanderbilt in Nashville on Sunday. Senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) was on fire, connecting for eight goals on nine shots posting a career and program-high in goals in the win. Senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) recorded a career-high seven draw controls while the Florida defense recorded a single-game high 20 turnovers.
The Orange and Blue (15-1, 3-1 ALC) are led by senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) with 50 points (37 goals, 13 assists) and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) leads with 39 goals and 45 draw controls. Six Gators each have 20 goals or more including Cullen, Gilroy, Bruns, Dashiell, senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.).
Florida seniors Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) and Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) anchor the defense as Farrell posts a team-high 17 caused turnovers and 18 ground balls while Dohony has a team-high 28 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers and seven draws.
As a team, the Gators boast the third-best point total in the country (326), second-best scoring margin (8.13 gpg.), third-best scoring defense (6.88 gpg.), third-best scoring offense (15.19 gpg.) and fifth in ground balls (19.56 gbpg.).
The defending national champions bring an 11-game win streak into Gainesville on Saturday. Their lone loss of the season came against UNC on February 22nd in Chapel Hill. They are led by senior attack Erin Fitzgerald with 51 points on a team-leading 46 goals and five assists. Fitzgerald is backed by middies Alyssa Leonard, Amanda Macaluso and Taylor Thornton who have all chipped in 20 goals apiece. The ‘Cats bring the fifth-ranked defense with them, allowing just 7.29 goals per game. They also have the sixth-best scoring margin (6.36 gpg.), 13th ranked offense (13.64 gpg.) and are 14th in draw controls (13.86). Northwestern is coming off two wins at Lakeside last week against then No. 4 Duke and No. 15 Stanford.
UF holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series including winning the last two meetings. Those two wins were significant for Florida, as they defeated the Wildcats, 8-7, on April 21, 2012 in Evanston to win their second-consecutive ALC title. They turned around to return to the championship game of the ALC tournament on May 5, 2012 where Florida powered past the ‘Cats, 14-7 to win their first tournament championship. UF holds a 2-0 advantage inside Dizney Stadium.
Both teams are ranked in the top five of both major polls, with Florida coming in at No.3 and No. 4 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll and ILWomen/deBeer Media Poll, respectively, while Northwestern comes in at No. 4/2.
The game can be heard on ESPN 850/900 in Gainesville in addition to GatorZone.com with Cory Stephens and Kyle Benzion on the call. Live video is available from GatorZone.com and live stats are available through Gametracker.
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