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Friday April 11, 2014No. 4 Florida Hosts Vanderbilt in Home Finale

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 4 Florida Gators will wrap up their home schedule on Sunday as they host the Vanderbilt Commodores at noon. As the Gators look to close out the home slate with a win, the Commodores are seeking to turn their luck around, having dropped their last three contests. Florida leads the series, 3-2, with both losses coming during the inaugural 2010 season, while the record in Gainesville is tied at 1-1.

 

Familiar Faces on the Field

Three Gators will face former teammates when the Commodores visit Gainesville on Sunday. Sammi Burgess won three IAAM championships at McDonogh with Vanderbilt’s Mallory Schonk as a teammate. Krista Grabher played at Vero Beach with Mackenzie Smith, winning a state championship, while Beth Willertz played for four years at Severn with Alexa Kunowsky.

 

Gators Recognize Seniors

Following the conclusion of Sunday’s game, Florida will recognize Cara Canington and Krista Grabher in a senior day ceremony. Canington is a redshirt senior who has been with the Gators since the inception of the program in 2010. During her five years, she has helped lead Florida to a 76-20 record, a 2012 Final Four appearance, three regular season ALC titles and one ALC tournament title. Canington has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll four times, the ALC Academic Honor Roll three times and the IWLCA Honor Roll two times. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with a B.S. in Sport Management and will obtain her M.S. in Sport Management this spring.

 

In four years, Grabher has helped the Gators to a 66-12 record, a 2012 Final Four appearance, three regular season ALC titles and one ALC tournament title. She has been named to the SEC and ALC Academic Honor Rolls twice and will graduate with a B.A. in English.

 

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 April 6, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (71), points (84), goals per game (4.73) and points per game (5.6), while 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 15th in goals-against average (7.74).

 

As a team, Florida leads the nation in points (308), ranks second in draw controls (16.67 per game),  fourth in scoring offense (15.87 goals per game), eighth in scoring margin (7.8), 14th in scoring defense (8.07) and 16th in ground balls per game (18.47). 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 fourth in scoring defense.

 

Home Is Where The Heart Is

The Gators have made Donald R. Dizney Stadium a tough place for opponents to play. In four seasons, they have compiled an overall record of 50-4 (.926) record at home and currently boast a 27-game win streak inside the friendly confines of Dizney Stadium.

 

Burgess, Stevens on Inside Lacrosse Rookie of the Year Watch List

With the April 8th edition released, Sammi Burgess remains on the Inside Lacrosse’s 2014 Rookie of the Year watch list, while Mollie Stevens makes her first appearance on the list. Burgess and Stevens are the only players on the watch list from the ALC. Burgess currently ranks second on the team in points (35) and third in goals (23) and assists (12), while Stevens ranks second on the team in goals (25) and fourth in points (27).

 

Live audio from ESPN 850 will be available for streaming via GatorZone, while video will be available from GatorVision.

 

Complete game notes can be found here: http://www.gatorzone.com/lacrosse/stats/notes/pre/20140413120000.pdf.

 

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