Sunday April 13, 2014Seniors Conclude Home Careers With Win As Gators Clinch Share of ALC Title
Florida honored seniors Krista Grabher and Cara Canington on Senior Day.
Florida seniors Cara Canington and Krista Grabher wrapped up their home careers at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the No. 4/5 Gators held off ALC foe Vanderbilt, 14-9. The Gators improved to 5-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference, clinching a share of their fourth straight regular season title. Sammi Burgess led all scorers with a career-high four goals.
The Commodores scored first, but the Gators answered with three straight goals to go up 3-1 with 22:50 left in the first half. Florida continued to surge ahead, eventually leading 8-2 midway through the half before Vanderbilt gained momentum and cut the lead to three, 9-6, before entering the locker room.
Vanderbilt’s momentum carried over into the second stanza, as Florida’s lead was cut to 9-8 with 23:28 left in the contest. The teams traded a few more goals before the Gator offense took over once again and Florida scored the final four goals of the game, stretching its advantage to 14-9.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Sammi Burgess scored a career-high four goals and added an assist for a team-high five points. She also picked up three ground balls and a draw control.
· Mollie Stevens grabbed a career-high three ground balls and also scored three goals.
· Shannon Gilroy scored two goals and added two assists to score four points, making her the UF single-season points leader with 84 points. Gilroy also tallied five draw controls, a ground ball and a team-high three caused turnovers.
· Devon Schneider scored two goals and dished out a career-high two assists to score a career-high-tying four points. She also picked up two ground balls.
· Sam Darcangelo grabbed a career-high-tying seven draw controls. She also recorded a goal, a ground ball and a caused turnover.
· Nora Barry picked up five ground balls to move up to No. 4 on the career ground balls leaderboard with 112. She also notched a goal, two caused turnovers and a draw control against Vanderbilt.
· Lauren Lea scored a goal for Florida and added four ground balls and a draw control.
· The Gators conclude the regular season undefeated at home and stretch the win streak to 28 consecutive games.
· With the win and one regular season game remaining, Florida is guaranteed a share of the 2014 ALC regular season title. If Florida defeats Northwestern and/or Ohio State loses to Johns Hopkins, the Gators will be the sole winners of the ALC. In the event Florida loses to Northwestern and Ohio State beats Johns Hopkins, Florida and Ohio State will share the ALC regular season title.
Florida improves to 14-2 on the season and 5-0 in the ALC, while Vanderbilt falls to 4-10 for the year and 1-4 in the conference.
Florida now owns a 4-2 advantage in the series, including a 2-1 record in Gainesville.
“I thought that Vanderbilt did a tremendous job of competing hard; I think the score isn’t really indicative of how tight the game was. I’m excited for Cara (Canington) and Krista (Grabher) to send them off with a victory on Senior Day. Sammi (Burgess) put it all together today. She played a solid game from top to bottom. She was driving hard to the goal cage and distributing the ball on the back side. I thought Sammi had a fantastic game and I hope this is indicative of things to come with her.”
The Gators will conclude regular season play on Saturday, April 19 at No. 6/7 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., at 2 p.m. eastern time.
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