Saturday February 8, 2014Gilroy Scores 100th Career Goal as Gators Fall to North Carolina in Season Opener
The No. 4 Florida lacrosse team dropped its 2014 opening contest to No. 1 North Carolina, 20-8, on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. Junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy scored four goals, including her 100th career goal as a Gator, and added an assist to lead the Gators with five points, while freshman Sammi Burgess added a goal and two assists for three points.
North Carolina took an early 3-0 lead before Burgess and Gilroy scored the first two goals for Florida to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to 3-2 with 11:54 left in the first half. North Carolina closed the first half with another three goals, bringing the score to 6-2 entering halftime.
Florida spent more time in the offensive third of the field in the second half, which led to three of Gilroy’s goals as well as goals from sophomores Sam Darcangelo and Darcy Messina as well as freshman Mollie Stevens. Unfortunately, the Gators’ increased offensive output wasn’t enough to overcome that of the defending national champions.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Shannon Gilroy tallied a career-high 10 shots en route to scoring four goals, including the 100th goal of her career. Gilroy led the Gators with five points.
· Cara Canington notched 13 saves, one shy of her career-high, and the most for the redshirt senior since the 2010 season. Canington spent 46:36 in the cage.
· Sammi Burgess scored the first Gator goal of the season and added two assists in her debut. Burgess finished second on the team with three points. Burgess also had two draw controls.
· Freshman Taylor Bresnahan caused a team-leading three ground balls.
· Lauren Lea picked up a career-high three draw controls. She and Gilroy led the team with three each today.
· Freshman defender Caroline Fitzgerald recorded two draw controls and two ground balls while making quite an impact in the defensive third.
· Florida went 4-of-8 on free-position shots, while North Carolina went just 2-of-7, including 0-of-3 in the first half.
Florida is 0-1 to start the season, while North Carolina moves to 1-0.
UNC now owns a 4-1 advantage in the series.
“Certainly not the start we were looking for. I think the things we need to take away from this are the things that we can control; the ground balls for instance, we got beat 24 to 12 on ground balls. Draw controls are a 50-50 ball all the time, so you have to come up with that. I think its needing to control the things that we can control. We need to get better fundamentally; we had a bunch of turnovers in the first half. You can contribute it to the jitters, but you can’t continually make mistakes like that against a quality team like North Carolina.”
The Gators return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m., when they host Jacksonville at Donald R. Dizney Stadium for the first home game of 2014.
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