Friday April 18, 2014No. 4 Florida Concludes Regular Season at Northwestern
The No. 4 Florida Gators will travel to Evanston, Ill., to wrap up the regular season against No. 5/7 Northwestern on Saturday at 2 p.m. eastern time. Florida is seeking to finish the ALC regular season undefeated for the first time since 2012. The Gators have already clinched a share of the regular season title, but are looking to win the conference outright. 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 owns a slight 4-3 advantage over Northwestern in the series, which includes a 1-1 record in Evanston. The Gators won the regular season contest last year, 22-4, in the Wildcat’s most lopsided loss since 2002. Northwestern answered with a win over Florida in the ALC Tournament title game, claiming its sixth tournament title in seven years. Florida is the only team other than Northwestern to win the ALC Tournament, doing so by defeating the Wildcats 14-7 in 2012.
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 13, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (73), points (88), goals per game (4.56) and points per game (5.5), while tying for the single-game record for goals with eight, which the junior notched in the 18-7 win over High Point. Gilroy also ranks 20th in draw controls at 4.31 per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Mary-Sean Wilcox ranks 11th in goals-against average (7.91), while redshirt senior goalie Cara Canington ranks 18th in save percentage (.478).
As a team, Florida leads the nation in points (327), ranks second in draw controls (16.69 per game), third in scoring offense (15.75 goals per game), fourth in scoring margin (7.63), 11th in ground balls per game (18.75) and 15th in scoring defense (8.13). Additionally, the Gators lead the American Lacrosse Conference in points, draw controls, scoring margin, scoring offense, and ground balls per game.
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