Friday March 14, 2014No. 4 Florida Travels to No. 2/3 Syracuse
The No. 4 Gators will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the No. 2/3 Orange on Saturday at 12 p.m. Florida enters the game on an eight-game winning streak, while Syracuse lost its last contest, a 12-10 thriller with No. 3/2 Maryland. This will be Florida’s second top-5 matchup of the season, having lost the season-opener, 20-8, to No. 1 North Carolina.
The Orange lead the series with a 3-2 advantage, including a 1-0 lead in Syracuse. The teams met twice in 2013, with the Gators winning 14-10 in Miami and the Orange winning 13-9 in the NCAA quarterfinals. All five of the games have been decided by five points or less.
Familiar Faces on the Field
Three Gators will face a former teammate when Florida travels to Syracuse on Saturday. Taylor Bresnahan and Natalie Glanell played together for a year at South River high school, winning the 2010 Maryland Class 4A State Championship. Beth Willertz played with Liz Harbeson at Severn, while Mary-Sean Wilcox and Kirkland Locey helped Notre Dame Prep to a 2010 MIAA runner-up finish. Florida assistant coach Michelle Tumolo will see many familiar faces, as she played for the Orange and was a member of teams that won the Big East Championship in 2012 and 2013, advanced to the NCAA Championship game in 2012 and made it to the NCAA Final Four in 2010 and 2013.
Darcangelo Named Standout Sophomore by Inside Lacrosse
Sam Darcangelo has been named as one of 10 standout sophomores by Inside Lacrosse. Darcangelo, who is one of just three ALC players named to the list, has already registered impressive numbers this season. She ranks second on the team with 22 draw controls and 14 ground balls, while scoring 16 goals.
Barry Named ALC Offensive Player of the Week
Nora Barry was named the ALC Offensive Player of the Week (3/11) after she led No. 5 Florida’s rally to a 14-13 victory over No. 12 Loyola, scoring both the tying and game-winning goals, with the final goal of the game finding the back of the net with 37 seconds left on the clock. Barry scored a total on five goals against the Greyhounds, while also picking up two ground balls and causing two turnovers. As the Gators picked up their first conference win over Michigan, 20-4, Barry scored two goals and added an assist to finish with three points. She also recorded three draw controls, including her 100th career draw control, and a ground ball.
Gators Move Up to No. 4 in Polls
The University of Florida lacrosse team moved up one spot to No. 4 in both the IWLCA Poll and the Brine Media Poll this week. The moves follow Florida’s come-from-behind 14-13 win over No. 12 Loyola and 20-4 defeat of ALC opponent Michigan this past week.
Among the teams remaining on Florida’s schedule, there are four teams present in both the Brine Media Poll and IWLCA Poll: No. 2/3 Syracuse, No. 8/7 Northwestern, No. 14/9 Johns Hopkins and No. 11/12 Penn State; while Ohio State ranks 20th in the IWLCA poll.
Gators Ranked High in NCAA statistics
As the season progresses, Shannon Gilroy and Florida continue to rank well in several NCAA statistical categories. In games through March 9, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (35) and is ranked second in points (46), third in goals per game (4.38) and sixth in points per game (5.75), 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. 10 in save percentage (.544) and 17th in Goals-Against Average (7.23). Freshman Sammi Burgess is ranked 17th in points with 26 so far this season. As a team, Florida ranks second in points (175), third in draw controls per game (17.5), 4th in scoring offense (16.88 goals per game) and 8th in scoring margin (8.88). Additionally, the Gators lead the American Lacrosse Conference in points, draw controls per game and scoring offense, while ranking second in scoring margin.
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