Saturday March 1, 2014Gators Overcome Slow Start to Roll Past Seawolves
Shannon Gilroy dished out a program-record six assists and recorded a career-high nine points to lead the No. 5/7 Florida lacrosse team to a 14-1 victory over the No. 13/15 Stony Brook Seawolves on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Freshman Caroline Fitzgerald also tied a program record, causing four turnovers to lead Florida defensively.
The Gators started the game slowly, scoring just one goal in the first 14 minutes, but Sammi Burgess found the back of the net with 5:57 left in the first half to provide the spark that the offense needed. Florida closed the first half with four goals and picked up where they left off in the second half, shutting out Stony Brook 9-0 in the second stanza.
Gilroy led the Gators with nine points, followed by Devon Schneider and Mollie Stevens with three points each, while Burgess scored twice. In addition to her four caused turnovers, Fitzgerald also picked up a career-high four ground balls. Cara Canington spent a season-high 60 minutes in the cage, tallying 11 saves.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Shannon Gilroy set a program single-game record with six assists en route to a career high nine points. Gilroy had three goals, two of which were free-position goals. Gilroy has set or tied four single-game records this season.
· Sydney DuPre set a new career high with three draw controls, while picking up one ground ball.
· Cara Canington recorded 11 saves and a season-high four ground balls in 60 minutes in the net.
· Mollie Stevens scored a career-high-tying three goals and added a ground ball. Devon Schneider also tallied three goals.
· Sammi Burgess, reining ALC Rookie of the Week, notched two goals and a ground ball.
· Sam Darcangelo found the back of the net once, while picking up two ground balls and two draw controls.
· Nora Barry notched one goal, one draw control and one caused turnover, while Lauren Lea tallied a goal and a ground ball.
· Florida held Stony Brook to one goal, the lowest output by an opponent since March 19, 2013.
· The Gators turned the ball over just six times, a season low.
· Florida’s 11 saves is the second-highest this season.
Florida improves to 5-1 on the season, while Stony Brook moves to 3-2.
Florida owns a 3-0 advantage over Stony Brook and now has a 1-0 record in Stony Brook, N.Y.
“We were slow to start today and we had some midfield turnovers that we need to eliminate in the future, but I thought we responded well. Defensively, Caroline Fitzgerald just played extremely well and I’m really impressed with her play. We had Krista (Grabher) and Taylor (Bresnahan) in a face guard, and I thought they did a phenomenal job. Any time you can hold a team like Stony Brook to just one goal, that’s quite an accomplishment because they are an excellent team. Cara (Canington) did an amazing job in the goal cage. Offensively, I thought Shannon had another amazing game and Mollie (Stevens) came in off the bench and did exactly what we needed her to do. Sam (Darcangelo) and Nora (Barry) ran the midfield the entire game, they also did exactly what we needed them to do.”
Florida will continue its two-game road swing on Tuesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. when they face No. 7/5 Loyola.
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