Gilroy Scores Four as No. 5 Florida Nips Ohio State
from press release
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Shannon Gilroy scored four
goals to lead the No. 5 Florida lacrosse team to a 10-9 comeback
victory over American Lacrosse Conference foe No. 16 Ohio State on
Saturday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Gators
handed the Buckeyes their first home loss of the season as well as
their first ALC defeat.
After falling behind 0-2 early in the first half, Florida scored twice to knot the score at 2-2 with 16:05 left before halftime. Ohio State found the back of the net with 1:27 left to take a 3-2 lead, but Gilroy scored on a free-position shot to tie the score at 3-3, 14 seconds before the buzzer.
The Gators looked to keep their momentum going in the second stanza after Lauren Lea found the back of the net just 16 seconds into the half. However, the Buckeyes scored the next four goals and took a 7-4 lead with 22:22 left to play. The Gators answered with four straight goals of their own to go up 8-7 with 17:00 on the clock. The next goal came when Ohio State tied the game for the fifth time, 8-8, with 4:18 left in the game. Gilroy scored again to put Florida up for the last time, 9-8, with 2:41 remaining. Another goal for each team moved the final score to 10-9.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
· Shannon Gilroy led all scorers with four goals, which puts her at 53 for the season, the most in a single-season for the junior. Gilroy’s first two goals were free-position goals, giving her 22 for the year and the No. 1 spot on the single-season FPG leaderboard. Gilroy also picked up four draw controls and a ground ball.
· Sam Darcangelo scored two goals and dished out three assists for a team-high five points, which also tied her career high. She also tied her season highs of two caused turnovers and two ground balls, while picking up two draw controls.
· Nora Barry also scored two goals and added three ground balls and a draw control.
· Lauren Lea recorded a goal and an assist, for two points. She also caused a career-high two turnovers and picked up a ground ball.
· Mollie Stevens notched a goal for the Gators, while also causing a turnover.
· The win marked Florida’s second come-from-behind victory of the season, both of which included ties at halftime and saw Florida winning by one.
Florida moves to 10-2 on the season and 2-0 in the ALC, while Ohio State falls to 6-4 for the season and moves to 1-1 in the conference.
Florida now owns a 7-1 advantage in the series, including a 2-1 record in Columbus.
“I think our kids just played with so much heart. I credit them; they pulled this win out, they wanted it, they worked hard, they never gave up when they were down. I’m just so proud of their effort. They had each other’s backs – when one made a mistake, they tried to get the ball back. I’m so proud of this team.”
Next up, No. 5 Florida travels to DeLand, Fla., to face in-state foe Stetson on March 26 at 7 p.m. The Gators will return home on Saturday, March 30, to host ALC opponent Penn State at 12 p.m.
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