Saturday March 15, 2014Florida Rally Falls Short Against Syracuse
The No 4. Florida lacrosse team fell, 17-12, to No. 2/3 Syracuse after a late rally was unable to lift the Gators past the Orange on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. Highlighting Florida’s day, Nora Barry set a program record with five caused turnovers, Lauren Lea tied a program record with four assists, Shannon Gilroy became No. 3 on the career goals leaderboard and four Gators set a total of six career highs.
The first six minutes of the game featured three lead changes and three ties, with the score knotted at 3-3 with 14:00 on the clock. Syracuse closed out the first half with a 5-0 run, to take an 8-3 lead entering the locker room.
Florida started the second half with two quick goals, pulling within three, 8-5, with 28:01 left. The Orange outscored the Gators 7-2 over the following 13 minutes, stretching their advantage to 15-7. Florida answered with a 5-0 run that lasted just under seven minutes and put UF within three, 15-12, with 6:54 to play. The Gators’ rally fell short, however, as Syracuse scored the final two goals of the contest, winning 17-12.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Nora Barry caused a career-high five turnovers, setting a new single-game program record. Barry also picked up a career-high seven ground balls.
· Lauren Lea dished out a career-high four assists, tying a single-game program record. Lea also scored a goal to score a career-high five points.
· Shannon Gilroy scored a team-high-tying three goals, moving her into the No. 3 spot on the Florida career goals leaderboard. Gilroy also had an assist to finish with four points, while notching a team-leading four draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball.
· Mollie Stevens tied Gilroy with three goals and also picked up two ground balls.
· Devon Schneider tallied two goals and two draw controls.
· Taylor Bresnahan caused a career-high four turnovers and picked up two ground balls.
· Sammi Burgess, Sam Darcangelo and Carli Marsh also scored goals for the Gators.
Florida moves to 8-2 on the season, while Syracuse improves to 7-1 for the season.
The Orange own a 4-2 advantage in the series, including a 2-0 lead in Syracuse.
“First off, I credit Syracuse for coming out with a good game plan and executing. We committed too many turnovers against a team like Syracuse; you just can’t do that. Overall, I think we were sloppy, but I saw bright spots in things like our 14 caused turnovers and Nora (Barry) and Taylor (Bresnahan) having nine of those.”
Next up, the Gators return home to host Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
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