Florida Rolls Past Denver In Weather-Delayed Contest
from Press Release
Devon Schneider scored a career-high five goals and seven points, while Shannon Gilroy became the first Gator to score 100 points in a season as the Florida lacrosse team steamed past the Denver Pioneers, 19-9, on Sunday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The fourth-seeded Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year. The game officially lasted eight hours, which includes severe weather delays of six hours and nine minutes.
The Gators looked poised to run away with the game early, going up 3-0 with less than four minutes off the clock. However, after the first weather delay of 52 minutes, Denver came out with renewed energy and pulled within one, 4-3, in less than five minutes. Florida slowed Denver down and stretched its lead to 8-4 before the second weather delay took place with 8:38 remaining in the first half.
Five hours and 17 minutes later, play resumed and the Gators closed the first half on a 3-1 spurt that increased their advantage to 11-5. The Pioneers attempted to rally for a second time, scoring three unanswered goals, spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second, and putting the score at 11-7. Florida took control of the game again, this time with an 8-0 run to put the score at 19-7 with 2:04 left on the clock. Denver scored two goals in the final 17 seconds of the game, but it was too late to make a difference and the Gators ended their marathon day with a 19-9 victory.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
Devon Schneider led the Gators with career-highs of five goals and seven points. She also grabbed a ground ball and a draw control.Shannon Gilroy tallied three goals and two assists, totaling five points and becoming the first player in Florida lacrosse history to score 100+ points in a season. Gilroy currently has 83 goals and 20 assists for 103 points. She also notched six draw controls and two ground balls against Denver.Mollie Stevens scored a career-high-tying four goals and added three ground balls and a caused turnover.Nora Barry recorded two goals, an assist, four draw controls and three ground balls.Sam Darcangelo scored two goals for the Gators.Lauren Lea and Sammi Burgess each had a goal and an assist, and Burgess added a ground ball and a caused turnover.Carly Ross notched a goal and three ground balls for Florida.Krista Grabher and Alex Puller each dished out an assist. Grabher also picked up a career-high-tying three draw controls.Caroline Fitzgerald and Taylor Bresnahan each tallied two caused turnovers and two ground balls.As a team, Florida had a season-high nine assists.
Florida moves to 18-2 on the season, while Denver wraps up the year at 19-2.
Florida now owns a 3-0 advantage in the series. All three games have been played in Gainesville.
"Today was not another day at the office starting out with the lightning delay. I was just so proud of our team for reacting the way they did. I thought we came out slow, played 12 minutes of fairly slow lacrosse, but then after we came out of the rain delay I really thought we turned it on and played the way that we've played all season long. So I'm really proud of their effort against these adverse conditions."
Florida advances to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive year. The fourth-seeded Gators will host the No. 5 seed Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
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