Saturday May 10, 2014Rematch Between Florida and Denver in Second Round of NCAA Tourney
Florida is set for its second rematch in two weeks, this time against Denver in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gators and the Pioneers met under very similar circumstances last year after Denver defeated Jacksonville in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville. Florida beat Denver, 16-5, to advance to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. This year, Denver once again had to get past Jacksonville to face Florida in the second round. The Gators own a 2-0 advantage over the Pioneers, with both contests taking place in Gainesville.
Familiar Faces on the Field
Several Gators will face former teammates when Florida plays Denver on Sunday. Sammi Burgess and DU’s Sybil Pallace spent four years at McDonogh, leading their team to four undefeated seasons and four IAAM Championships. Caroline FItzgerald played at Mt. Sinai with Denver’s Rachael Dillon, winning the school’s first New York State Championship. Beth Willertz played for two years with the Pioneer’s Hannah Hook at Severn, while Mary-Sean Wilcox played with Sarah Kasun at Notre Dame Prep. Angela Flister and Haley Bordner played for three and two years, respectively, at Century with Denver’s Jill Remenapp, winning a MPSSAA Class 3A/2A state championship in 2010.
Shannon Gilroy Named Tewaaraton Award Finalist
Junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy has been named a 2014 Tewaaraton Award finalist, as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation on Thursday. The Tewaaraton Award honors the nation’s top male and female college lacrosse player.
Gilroy leads the nation with 80 goals and ranks third 98 points, in addition to leading Florida with 75 draw controls, 23 caused turnovers and 18 assists. She was named the ALC Tournament MVP, ALC Midfield Player of the Year and was an All-ALC First Team selection. Highlighting the season, Gilroy set or tied three program single-game records in the win over High Point with 10 draw controls and eight goals off of 13 shots. She has set a total of 11 program records this season. Gilroy is Florida’s third Tewaaraton finalist in three years, along with Brittany Dashiell (2012) and Mikey Meagher (2013). She is also the only player from the American Lacrosse Conference to be named a finalist in 2014.
Florida Enters NCAA Tournament as No. 4 Seed
The University of Florida lacrosse team enters the 2014 NCAA Championships as the No. 4 seed. The 26-team field was revealed Sunday evening on NCAA.com. Florida (17-2) will host Denver (18-1) and Jacksonville (14-5) in the first and second rounds on May 9 and 11 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators advanced to the NCAA Championships after winning the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament earlier today to take the league’s automatic bid. Florida received a first-round bye and will face the winner of the game between Denver and Jacksonville on May 11.
This will be the fourth-straight year UF will host a portion of the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Championships’ top six seeds receive first round-byes to automatically advance to the second round.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
The Gators have made Donald R. Dizney Stadium a tough place for opponents to play. In five seasons, they have compiled an overall record of 51-4 (.927) record at home and currently boast a 28-game win streak inside the friendly confines of Dizney Stadium.
Gators Ranked High in NCAA Statistics
As the post-season begins, Shannon Gilroy and Florida continue to rank well in several NCAA statistical categories. In games through May 4, Gilroy leads the nation in goals (80) and goals per game (4.21), while ranking second in points per game (5.16), and third in points (98). Goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox ranks 12th with a goals against average of 8.13.
As a team, Florida ranks third in scoring offense (15.00), fifth in draw controls (15.42 per game) and scoring margin (6.79), 8th in points (368), 16th in scoring defense (8.21) and 17th in ground balls per game (17.95).
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