March 4, 2016
Florida goalie Mary Sean Wilcox posts a cumulative .467 save percentage as the No. 3 Gators move to 6-0 on the season. (Scott McCall)
Florida goalie Mary Sean Wilcox posts a cumulative .467 save percentage as the No. 3 Gators move to 6-0 on the season. (Scott McCall)

Women's Roundup: Florida's Hot Streak Continues

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GAINESVILLE – Behind 13 different scorers led by three-goal performances from seniors Devon Schneider and Sam Darcangelo, No. 3 Florida defeated Niagara 19-3 to remain undefeated at 6-0 on the season. 

Freshmen Paige Aldave and Alix Lopez added two goals and one assist to the tally for their first career goals, while Aldave finished the night with four draw controls and two ground balls. Six Gators had three points against the Purple Hawks (1-4), including fellow freshman Lindsey Ronbeck who has scored at least one goal in three consecutive games.

"Really proud of everyone that got on the field tonight," said Florida coach Mandee O'Leary. "Our starters came out really hard, got us on the board early and our subs came in and did their job."

Defensively, all three Florida goalkeepers saw playing time with senior Mary-Sean Wilcox earning her sixth win of the season and notching her 12th straight game with a save. Freshman Haley Hicklen played 19 minutes in the first period and sophomore Olivia Cole handled second-period duties. Senior defender Sydney DuPre led Florida's back line with two caused turnovers, while freshman Caroline Benitez had a career high four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Florida controlled the game from the start, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first four minutes of play and mounted to a 14-0 lead at the half. Niagara took advantage of a free-position shot right out of the gate in the second to get on the board and added two down the stretch, while the Gators tacked on five more in the final period to earn the 19-3 decision.

Next up, Florida heads back to New Yrok for the second time this week for a top-10 clash at Stony Brook on Sunday.

"This week has been a little bit of a challenge with the mid-week game, playing tonight and traveling tomorrow to Stony Brook," said O'Leary. "They have handled it well. That just shows the great maturity of this team. They are able to focus on each an every game understanding that at any given time, any team can win. They've put in the hard work and that's gotten us to where we are so far."

USC Maintains West Coast Prowess

No. 12 (3-0) USC won its third straight game to open the season with a 13-4 victory over Michigan (4-3) Friday evening. Sophomore goalie Gussie Johns led the Women of Troy with seven saves, while junior attacker Michaela Michael powered the USC offense with five goals, two of which were on free-position shots, and three draw controls. Amanda Johansen had three goals.

While Michigan opened the scoring on a Tess Kortan tally, USC powered past the Wolverines with a quick 5-0 run, interrupted by Michigan's second goal, before another five-goal run spanning the two halves. The Women of Troy won the second half 4-2.

USC 13, Michigan 4 - Highlights
Mar 4, 2016

Albany Rebounds, Tops Elon

After falling to Cornell by four, Albany (1-1) responded with a decisive 12-4 win over Elon (4-2), the unsuspecting team that upset Duke. The Great Danes controlled the first five draws to cruise to an early 6-0 lead, kickstarted by junior Dakotah Savitcheff who put Albany up 2-0 less than 10 minutes into the contest on the road.

Great Danes senior Julie Cryderman and Savitcheff finished with four points each, which was a career high for Cryderman, while Courtney Henderson made eight saves. With three points and two goals on Friday night, senior Rachel Bowles is now in sole possession of third on the Albany all-time career points leaderboard with 187. She needs six more to become the all-time record holder. She also netted her 140th career goal against the Phoenix.

Robert Morris Slips Past St. Bonaventure

With a quick 3-0 start on Jessica Karwacki, Emily Jamison and Brittany Byerly goals, Robert Morris sailed to a 9-3 lead at halftime before downing the Bonnies 17-10 as the clock expired. The Colonials responded to St. Bonaventure's first goal with a five-goal run and only let their opponent score back-to-back goals once. Byerly finished with a team-high seven points, while Karwacki recorded 17 draw controls.

Cincinnati, Winthrop Dominate

In Friday's first matchups of the day, both Cincinnati and Winthrop defeated Detroit and VCU, respectively, by scoring more than 10 goals and holding their opponents to single digits.

The Bearcats opened with three straight goals before Detroit tallied its first. Cincinnati led 7-3 at the half, but allowed the Titans to score the first two goals of the second period. The Bearcats responded with a 6-0 run sandwich by two goals from Elaina Enich in the final 23:32. Courtney Curtis led Cincinnati with a team-high three goals. 

Winthrop outshoot the Rams 39-11. Senior Shannon Gallagher led the Eagles with five goals and five draw controls while freshman Alexis Linhardt added three scores. "Our offense is really clicking right now," said Winthrop coach John Sung. "Having 10 players score and seven with multiple points shows just how balanced our attack can be."  


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