Friday April 4, 2014No. 4 Florida Continues ALC Play at No. 13 Johns Hopkins
The No. 4 Gators continue conference play, traveling to Baltimore, Md., to take on No. 13 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. Florida is the only American Lacrosse Conference team currently unbeaten in league play. Johns Hopkins started the season 10-0, but lost its most recent contest, 11-12, to Vanderbilt.
Florida owns a 4-1 advantage in the series, with the only loss coming in the Gators’ first season, while the record in Baltimore is tied at 1-1.
Familiar Faces on the Field
Several Gators will face former teammates when Florida plays Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Saturday. Cara Canington and Johns Hopkins’ Liz Johnson spent three years together at C. Milton Wright, helping their team to three regional finalist finishes. Sammi Burgess won two IAAM championships at McDonogh with JHU’s Jen Cook as a teammate. Krista Grabher also won a pair of state championships with a Blue Jay, playing for two years at Vero Beach with Olivia Long. Darcy Messina won two New York State Catholic League Championships while at St. Anthony’s with Kayley Henz. Mary-Sean Wilcox played with Kirsti Paavola at Notre Dame Prep, while Sam Darcangelo and Carly Ross played for Maryvale Prep with JHU’s Caroline Federico.
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 30, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (64), points (77) and goals per game (4.57), while being ranked second in points per game (5.5), 19th in draw controls (4.5 per game) and holding the single-game record for goals with eight, which the junior notched in the 18-7 win over High Point. Sophomore goalkeeper Mary-Sean Wilcox ranks 12th in goals-against average (7.53) and is No. 18 in save percentage (.477).
As a team, Florida leads the nation in points (297) and in draw controls (17.21 per game), and ranks fourth in scoring offense (16.29 goals per game), sixth in scoring margin (8.29), 14th in scoring defense (8.0) and 14th in ground balls per game (19.14). Additionally, the Gators lead the American Lacrosse Conference in points, draw controls, scoring margin and scoring offense, while ranking second in ground balls per game and scoring defense.
Gilroy Leads Inside Lacrosse Player of the Year Watchlist
Inside Lacrosse has released its mid-season Player of the Year Watchlist, and Florida’s Shannon Gilroy is at the top. Gilroy currently leads the nation with 64 goals and 77 points. She also leads the Gators with 63 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers while ranking second with 13 assists.
Shannon Gilroy Named Brine Player of the Week
Inside Lacrosse selected Shannon Gilroy as the Brine Player of the Week after she scored 11 goals to lead No. 4 Florida to a pair of wins over Stetson and No. 11 Penn State. The junior recorded seven goals and dished out an assist to record a career-high tying eight points in the Gators win over the Hatters; she also tallied three draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Against Penn State, Gilroy found the back of the net four times, tying for the team-high in goals. Additionally, she notched six draw controls, including the 200th of her career, and added a career-high-tying five ground balls and a caused turnover.
Burgess Remains on Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Year Watch List
With the mid-season edition released, Sammi Burgess remains on the Inside Lacrosse’s 2014 Rookie of the Year watch list. Burgess is one of 10 players on the list and is still the only one from the ALC. She currently ranks second on the team in points (35) and third in goals (23) and assists (12).
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