Saturday March 8, 2014Gators Open Conference Play With 20-4 Win Over Wolverines
Shannon Gilroy and Sam Darcangelo led the No. 5 Florida lacrosse team to a dominant 20-4 victory over the Michigan Wolverines to open American Lacrosse Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
A total of ten Gators found the back of the net, with Gilroy and Darcangelo each scoring four goals and dishing out an assist. Darcangelo’s five points is a career high for the sophomore. Mollie Stevens tallied three goals, Sammi Burgess notched two goals and Nora Barry added two of her own and an assist. Lauren Lea, Carly Ross, Devon Schneider, Carli Marsh and Darcy Messina all contributed goals for Florida.
The Gators sailed to an early 12-0 lead, sparked by Gilroy’s first goal just 19 seconds into the game. Florida took a 13-2 advantage before halftime and then outscored Michigan 7-2 in the second stanza. The Gators dominated the draw, picking up 22 draw controls compared to the Wolverines’ four.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Junior Nora Barry picked up three draw controls, which included her 100th career DC. Barry is just the third Gator to reach the century mark in draw controls.
· Sophomore Sam Darcangelo notched a season-high-tying five draw controls, which puts her on the top-10 leaderboard in career draw controls for Florida.
· Freshman Carli Marsh tallied a career-high four draw controls, while fellow rookie Mollie Stevens picked up a career-high four ground balls.
· Florida outshot Michigan, 33-12, and improved to 7-0 when outshooting the opponent.
· The Gators caused a season-high nine turnovers as a team. Sam Darcangelo, Shannon Gilroy and Carly Ross led with two each.
Florida improves to 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in the ALC, while Michigan drops to 0-4 for the season and 0-1 in the conference.
This was the first meeting between Florida and Michigan, with Florida taking a 1-0 advantage.
“It was another great team win for us. I’m extremely happy with the distribution of goals today; various people stepped up and that was good to see. I’m excited on how we did in the draw circle, but I’d like to see some improvement on the ground balls. I’m very happy with how Cara (Canington) and Mary-Sean (Wilcox) did in the goal cage.”
Next up, Florida will host Winthrop on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
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