Thursday February 20, 2014Carly Ross Has Breakout Game as No. 7 Gators Defeat James Madison
Sophomore attack Carly Ross scored a career-high five goals to help lead the No. 7 Florida lacrosse team past the James Madison Dukes, 21-8, on Thursday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. A total of seven Gators scored, each with multiple goals.
Reigning ALC Offensive Player of the Week Shannon Gilroy also scored a team-leading five goals and added a career-high three assists for a game-high eight points. Ross also dished out an assist, finishing second for the Gators with six points. Sammi Burgess notched two goals and two assists for a total of four points, while Devon Schneider scored three goals. Nora Barry picked up a career-high eight draw controls, scored two goals and had an assist for three points, and Sam Darcangelo and Lauren Lea added two goals each.
James Madison found the back of the net first, but Florida answered with six goals in less than seven minutes to take a 6-1 lead and never look back. The Gators closed the first half with a 16-3 advantage, but the Dukes came out strong in the second half and scored three goals in the first five minutes. It was too little too late however, as JMU couldn’t come within 10 goals of Florida. The Gators closed out the game by outscoring the Dukes 5-3.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Carly Ross scored a career-high five goals on five shots while adding career-highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers. This marked Ross’ first career start.
· Junior Nora Barry notched a career-high eight draw controls to tie for second in program history for most draw controls in a game. Barry also had two goals, an assist and a ground ball.
· Shannon Gilroy tied her career-high of eight points (five goals, three assists), while adding eight draw controls, a ground ball and a caused turnover.
· Freshman Sammi Burgess tallied two goals and two assists for a career-high four points. Burgess also picked up a draw control.
· Sophomore Devon Schneider found the back of the net three times and also recorded two ground balls and two draw controls.
· Sam Darcangelo scored twice for Florida and added two draw controls, a ground ball and a caused turnover for a well-rounded game.
· Lauren Lea also notched two goals for the Gators, tying a career-high for the sophomore.
· The Gator goalkeepers continued to perform well, with Mary-Sean Wilcox recording five saves and Cara Canington notching two.
· Florida was perfect from the 8-meter line, connecting on 5-of-5 free-position shots. The Gators are now 20-for-28 on free-position shots this season.
· UF beat JMU on draw controls 21-10, including 17-3 in the first half.
· As a team, the Gators recorded a season-high eight assists.
Florida improves to 3-1 on the season, while James Madison falls to 1-1.
This was the first meeting between the teams, giving Florida a 1-0 advantage.
“I thought we did a great job in the draw circle tonight; it’s so critical that we get the ball in our stick and we did that well. I was really impressed with the determination the team showed on getting ground balls and 50/50 balls. Shannon (Gilroy) had another monstrous game for us; she came into a face guard situation and used it to better her teammates. Shannon played very unselfishly tonight and she did a great job of finding her teammates on the field. Defensively, our entire defensive unit did a phenomenal job tonight. They made adjustments in game and I’m really proud of everyone’s performance on the defensive end of the field. Offensively, I was very happy to see how much we shared the ball tonight and those numbers really speak for themselves.”
The Gators finish their four-game home stand on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m., when they host Cincinnati at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
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