Friday March 21, 2014No. 4/5 Florida Resumes ALC Play at No. 20 Ohio State
The No. 4/5 Gators hit the road again, this time traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to face the No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes and resume American Lacrosse Conference play. Florida owns a 6-1 advantage in the series, including a 1-1 record in Columbus.
Both teams are looking for their second win of the ALC season and are currently in a three-way tie for first place in the league. Florida will also try to improve its’ road record, which is 2-2 so far this season, while Ohio State is undefeated at home so far in 2014.
Familiar Faces on the Field
Just one Gator will face a former teammate when Florida travels to Ohio State on Saturday. Cara Canington played with Tayler Kuzma for three years at C. Milton Wright. Together, the two helped the team to three regional finals appearances.
Gators Sit At No. 4/5 in Polls
The University of Florida lacrosse team ranks No. 4 and 5 in the IWLCA and Brine Media polls, respectively, as announced by the organizations on Monday. The latest rankings follow the Gators’ 21-5 win over Winthrop and 17-12 loss to then-No. 2 Syracuse this past week.
Among the teams remaining on Florida’s schedule, there are four teams present in both the IWLCA Poll and the Brine Media Poll: No. 7/8 Northwestern, No. 11/7 Johns Hopkins, No. 10/13 Penn State and No. 20 Ohio State.
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 16, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (43), points (55) and goals per game (4.3), while being ranked fifth in points per game (5.5), 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. 17 in save percentage (.495). As a team, Florida ranks second in points (175) and draw controls per game (17.1), third in scoring offense (16.8 goals per game) and eighth in scoring margin (8.2). Additionally, the Gators lead the American Lacrosse Conference in points, draw controls per game and scoring offense, while ranking second in scoring margin.
Live audio will be available for streaming from GatorVision, while live video can be found here: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/allaccess/?media=431282.
Complete game notes can be found here: http://www.gatorzone.com/lacrosse/stats/notes/pre/20140322130000.pdf.
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