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Wednesday March 26, 2014No. 4 Gators Cruise Past Hatters, 23-1

DeLand, Fla.

The No. 4/5 Florida lacrosse team set two program records and Shannon Gilroy scored her 150th career goal as the Gators steamed past the Stetson Hatters on Wednesday night at the Stetson Athletic Training Center. Florida recorded a program-high 46 shots and a program-low three turnovers, while a season-high 13 Gators found the back of the net.

 

Gilroy led the way with seven goals and Carli Marsh scored a season-high three goals, while Sammi Burgess and Devon Schneider each added two goals of their own and nine more Gators were able to score. Florida took control early, with Burgess scoring the first goal just 37 seconds into the game. The Gators worked their way to a 13-1 lead before halftime, with the Hatters’ goal coming at the buzzer off a free-position attempt. Florida slowed the pace of the game in the second half, but still managed to find the back of the net 10 times.

 

NUMBERS OF NOTE

·         Shannon Gilroy led the Gators with seven goals and an assist for eight points, while adding three draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Gilroy’s eight points ties her career high, which she set against High Point earlier in the season. The junior also notched her 150th career goal as a Gator.

·         Lauren Lea tied her career high of three draw controls and dished out two assists for two points.

·         Carli Marsh recorded her first hat trick, notching season-highs of three goals and three points.

·         Sammi Burgess scored three points off two goals and an assist. She also grabbed two draw controls.

·         Devon Schneider scored two goals and added season highs of three ground balls and two caused turnovers. She also picked up two draw controls.

·         Darcy Messina tied her season highs of one goal, one assist and two points. She also recorded a draw controls.

·         Amy Arnold set season highs in every category with a goal, an assist, a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover.

·         Haley Bordner scored her first goal of the season, caused a season-high two turnovers and picked up a ground ball.

·         Beth Willertz also scored her first goal of the season, as well as picking up a ground ball.

·         Nora Barry recorded a goal, an assist, three ground balls and three draw controls.

·         Sam Darcangelo tallied a goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

·         Chloe O’Haire tallied a goal and a draw control.

·         Mollie Stevens notched a goal, a draw control and a caused turnover.

·         Carly Ross tallied a goal, a ground ball and a caused turnover.

·         Mikki Offit notched season-highs of one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover.

·         Hope Kissick turned in season highs of three draw controls and one caused turnover.

·         Cara Canington tied her career low of zero goals allowed in 30 minutes.

·         Mary-Sean Wilcox recorded the first start of her career, making one save and allowing just one goal.

·         As a team, the Gators set two program records with 46 shots and just three turnovers. Florida also recorded season highs of 30 points, 23 goals and 38 shots on goal.

 

RECORDS

Florida moves to 11-2 on the season, while Stetson falls to 0-12.

 

SERIES UPDATE

Florida now owns a 2-0 advantage in the series, including a 1-0 record in DeLand.

 

MANDEE’S MINUTE

“It was another well-rounded win for us tonight. It was wonderful seeing so many different scorers, and we were able to have a well-balanced attack because of it. We played at a really fast pace, which allowed us to get a lot of looks. I thought Stetson’s goalie, Cali Guilday, did a good job tonight and came up with some huge saves for them.”

 

Next up, the Gators will host ALC opponent No. 11/12 Penn State on Sunday, March 30 at 12 p.m.

 

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