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Shannon Gilroy scored seven goals to lead the rally as Florida defeated Johns Hopkins 10-9.

Saturday April 5, 2014Gilroy Leads Gator Rally, Florida Downs Johns Hopkins 10-9

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Shannon Gilroy scored seven goals to lead the rally as Florida defeated Johns Hopkins 10-9.

Shannon Gilroy scored seven goals, all in the second half, to lead the No. 4 Florida lacrosse team to a 10-9, come-from-behind victory over the No. 13 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Homewood Field. Florida moved to 4-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference, remaining the only undefeated team in the league.

 

The Gators fell behind early and trailed for most of the game, but never allowed the Blue Jays to lead by more than two goals. Florida did manage to tie the game, 2-2, with 4:16 left in the first half, but Johns Hopkins answered with two more goals and went back up, 4-2, before halftime.

 

Gilroy, who was silent during the first stanza, picked up her first goal of the game just 59 seconds into the second half and cut Johns Hopkins’ lead to 4-3. Each team added a few goals before the Gators took their first and only lead of the game, 8-7, with 8:53 left on the clock. Gilroy scored two more goals and the Gator defense held the Blue Jays from making a rally of their own in the final seconds.

 

NUMBERS OF NOTE

·         Shannon Gilroy scored a game-high seven goals off a career-high 14 shots. Gilroy scored her 200th career point and became Florida’s career leader in free-position goals. Additionally, Gilroy’s 14 shots improves upon the program record she set earlier this season.

·         Mary-Sean Wilcox recorded a career-high eight saves and a season-high two ground balls.

·         Taylor Bresnahan picked up a career-high-tying three ground balls.

·         Sam Darcangelo, Carly Ross and Devon Schneider each added a goal for Florida.

·         This was the third game this season in which Florida came from behind to win by one goal. The other games were against No. 12 Loyola, 14-13, and No. 20 Ohio State, 10-9, and were both on the road.

 

RECORDS

Florida improves to 13-2 on the season and 4-0 in the ALC, while Johns Hopkins moves to 10-2 for the year and 1-2 in the conference.

 

SERIES UPDATE

Florida now owns a 5-1 advantage in the series, including a 2-1 record in Baltimore.

 

MANDEE’S MINUTE

“Johns Hopkins came out with a great game plan. We were playing very slow in the first half; we were playing slow offensively and we weren’t dictating defensively. At halftime, we talked about playing faster and playing with more confidence, being able to dictate offense, being able to dictate defense and draw controls; and we were able to improve going into the second half. Shannon (Gilroy)’s play was tremendous and Mary-Sean (Wilcox) just came out, played hard and played with confidence.”

 

The Gators will return to Dizney Stadium on Sunday, April 13 to host the Vanderbilt Commodores in Florida’s final home game of the season. A senior day ceremony for Cara Canington and Krista Grabher will take place prior to the opening draw.

 

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