Sunday March 30, 2014Gators Hold Off Nittany Lions to Remain Undefeated in ALC Play
Mollie Stevens scored a career-high four goals as No. 4 Florida beat No. 11 Penn State to stay undefeated in the ALC
Shannon Gilroy and Mollie Stevens scored four goals apiece to lead the No. 4 Florida lacrosse team to a 13-9 victory over the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Florida is now 3-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference and the only team undefeated in ALC play. This also marked the 50th Gator win, and 27th straight, at Dizney Stadium.
Penn State scored the first goal of the game, but Florida took control and surged to a 6-1 lead with 13:31 left in the first half. After a couple of goals from the Nittany Lions, the Gators scored four more to take a 10-3 lead just before halftime. Although Penn State outscored Florida 6-3 in the second stanza, the Gators’ first half lead was enough to hold off the Nittany Lions.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Shannon Gilroy scored four goals off a season-high-tying 13 shots. She also tied her career high of five ground balls while tallying six draw controls and a caused turnover. Additionally, Gilroy notched her 200th career draw control.
· Mollie Stevens scored a career-high four goals and added an assist for a career-high five points to lead the Gators.
· Devon Schneider scored three goals and dished out her first assist of the year to record a career-high-tying four points.
· Krista Grabher picked up a career-high three ground balls.
· Sam Darcangelo grabbed a career-high seven draw controls, while also tallying a goal, an assist, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
· Carly Ross scooped up a career-high eight ground balls and tied Nora Barry for the most ground balls in a game this season. Ross also recorded a goal, an assist and two draw controls.
· Mary-Sean Wilcox played the firsts complete game of her career, recording a season-high-tying five saves.
· As a team, the Gators picked up a season-high 27 ground balls.
· Florida dominated in the draw circle, recording 20 draw controls compared to Penn State’s four.
Florida improves to 12-2 on the season and 3-0 in the ALC, while Penn State moves to 7-4 for the year and 2-1 in the conference.
Florida now owns a 5-1 advantage in the series, including a 4-0 record in Gainesville.
“I thought we had a very solid first half, but I’m a little disappointed in the second half. I thought Penn State came out with a solid game plan in the second half and we didn’t adapt very quickly, offensively or defensively, and that’s something we need to work on. It was a fun first half to watch – the way we took advantage of the opportunities we had to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Next up, No. 4 Florida will travel to No. 9 Johns Hopkins to continue ALC play. The Gators will take on the Blue Jays on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.
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