Saturday May 11, 2013No. 5 seed Florida To Face Denver in NCAA Second Round on Sunday
No. 5 seed Florida open up NCAA Tournament play against the Denver Pioneers on Sunday. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Florida (17-2) is 3-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and are making their third consecutive appearance in the postseason in the program’s four year history. UF has played all opening round games at Dizney Stadium and are 3-1 at home in the postseason. The Gators are led by senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) who had 61 points on the season with 43 goals and 18 assists. Senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore attack Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) are tied for the team-high 46 goals. Cullen and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air Md.) each have a team-high 18 assists.
Tewaaraton finalist Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) anchors the Florida defense, one that allows just 6.58 goals per game. Meagher has recorded 104 saves and a .495 save percentage on the season. She is backed by senior defender Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) who has a team-high 22 caused turnovers and senior defender Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) who leads with 32 ground balls.
Florida leads the all-time series between the two teams, 1-0, having met previously in Gainesville on February 20, 2011. The then.-No. 17 Gators handled the Pioneers 15-7 behind Cullen’s eight points. Both teams are ranked in this week’s national polls with the Gators coming in at 4/4 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and ILWomen.com/deBeer Media Poll while Denver is 13/18 respectively.
The Gators are coming into Sunday’s contest after dropping an 8-3 decision to Northwestern in the American Lacrosse Conference Championship last Saturday in Baltimore, Md.
Denver (18-2) advances to Sunday’s second round action after defeating Jacksonville 14-7 on Friday in the team’s first ever NCAA win. The Pioneers, who began play in 1999, will play in their first NCAA tournament on an at large bid after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season title. Denver held a 15-game win streak since February 24 before it fell in the MPSF title game to Stanford. They are led by sophomore attack Jill Remenapp who is third in the nation in points (105) and assists (69). She also has 36 goals on the season with 13 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Redshirt senior attacker Kara Secora paces the Pioneers with 55 goals and sophomore midfielder Kiki Boone is the team’s draw control specialist with 51 on the season.
Senior defender Kate Henrich leads the defense, one that allows just 8.68 goals per game, and leads with 59 ground balls and an astounding 65 caused turnovers. Redshirt sophomore goalie Hannah Hook has recorded 173 saves for the second-best save percentage in the nation, .524, and holds an 8.61 goals against average.
Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the day of each game: $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. UF students will be admitted for free. The ticket office at Dizney Stadium opens 90 minutes prior to the start of the game.
Free audio and video are available through GatorZone.com with Cory Stephens and Kyle Benzion on the call. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN 850 AM in Gainesville and Gametracker live stats are also available.
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