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Thursday March 6, 2014No. 5 Gators Host Michigan to Open ALC Play

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 5 Florida Gators will play their first conference game of the season on Saturday as they host the Michigan Wolverines. Florida returns to Dizney after a successful two-game road trip to Stony Brook and Loyola. Michigan, which is in its inaugural season, has opened with an 0-3 record. At the helm of the Wolverines’ program is Jenny Ulehla, who was an assistant coach at Florida from 2008-2010, helping Coach O’Leary establish the program and lead the Gators in their first season. Overall, Florida holds a 15-5 regular season record in the American Lacrosse Conference and has won the regular-season title each of the last three years.

 

Fitzgerald Named ALC Rookie of the Week

Caroline Fitzgerald was named the ALC Rookie of the Week after she had a breakout game for the Gators in their 14-1 victory over Stony Brook on March 1. Fitzgerald tied a program record of four caused turnovers and also notched a career- and team-high four ground balls.  She held Alyssa Cardillo, one of Stony Brook’s leading scorers, from taking a shot or tallying an assist.

 

Gators Sit at No. 5 in Polls

The University of Florida lacrosse team moved up two spots to No. 5 in the IWLCA Poll after defeating No. 13/15 Stony Brook, 14-1. The Gators stayed No. 5 in the Brine Media Poll for the third straight week.

Among the teams remaining on Florida’s schedule, there are five teams present in both the Brine Media Poll and IWLCA Poll: No. 3/2 Syracuse, No. 4/4 Northwestern, No. 9/9 Penn State and No. 14/17 Johns Hopkins.

 

Home is Where the Heart is

The Gators have made Donald R. Dizney Stadium a tough place for opponents to play. In four seasons, they have compiled an overall record of 46-4 (.920) record at home and 23-game win streak inside the friendly confines of Dizney Stadium.

 

Familiar Faces on the Field

Two Gators will face a former teammate when the Wolverines visits Gainesville on Saturday. Shannon Gilroy and Michigan’s Allie Breitfeller spent two years together at Northport, leading Northport to the 2011 New York State Class A Championship. Darcy Messina and Kim Coughlan spent two years playing together and helped lead St. Anthony’s to two new York State Catholic High School championships. There will also be a familiar face on the sidelines as Michigan head coach Jenny Ulehla makes her return to Gainesville. Ulehla was an assistant coach for the Gators from 2008-2010, helping to build the program and coach Florida’s inaugural season.

 

Gators Ranked High in NCAA Statistics

As the season progresses, Shannon Gilroy, Cara Canington and Florida continue to rank well in several NCAA statistical categories. Gilroy leads the nation in goals (27) and is ranked third in points (37), 13th in draw controls (5.5 per game) and 14th in assists (10), while holding the single-game record for goals with eight, which the junior notched in the 18-7 win over High Point. Senior goalkeeper Cara Canington ranks No. 6 in save percentage (.596) and 18th in saves (34). As a team, Florida ranks third in points (133), 6th in draw controls per game (17) and 7th in scoring offense (16.83 goals per game).

 

Live audio and video will be available for streaming from GatorVision.

 

Complete game notes can be found here: http://www.gatorzone.com/lacrosse/stats/notes/pre/20140308130000.pdf.

 

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