Women's Roundup: Florida Holds Off SBU to Cap Big Week
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Third-ranked Florida started the week by beating No. 3 Syracuse on Tuesday in overtime and finished it by beating another top-10 opponent.
The Gators held off host and seventh-ranked Stony Brook 7-6 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 7-0.
A Taylor Bresnahan goal with 11:46 left put Florida up by two and held up as the game winner, but the star of the game was fifth-year senior midfielder Nicole Graziano. Graziano scored four straight goals in 6:25 toward the end of the first half, the first two on the man up, to give the Gators a 5-2 lead.
Graziano also had a game-high five draw controls, helping Florida own that department 11-2.
Stony Brook, which falls to 1-1, scored three straight on the man up to tie the game at 5 with 14:19 to go, but Florida scored two of the final three. The Gators face guarded Dorrien Van Dyke (two goals, one assist) down the stretch and got a big save from Mary-Sean Wilcox in the final 1:30.
With wins over North Carolina, Syracuse and the Seawolves, Florida may even have a case to be the top-ranked team in the nation come Monday. The Gators also handled Niagara 19-3 on Friday night to complete a three-win week.
Sydney Pirreca notched an assist for Florida, which is now 7-0 on the season. (Lee Weissman)
Tar Heels Romp
No. 4 North Carolina fell behind 2-0 in the opening minutes to Albany but seized control with a 10-2, first-half scoring run to cruise past the Great Danes, 20-9, on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
Molly Hendrick and Marie McCool each had four goals and an assist to lead the Tar Heel attack. Aly Messinger had three goals and two assists and Olivia Ferrucci had two goals and two assists. Sammy Jo Tracy had two goals, one assist and 13 draw controls.
No. 13 Stanford took care of business against visiting Vanderbilt, winning 17-10 on Sunday in California. Anna Salemo and Kelly Myers scored four goals each. The Cardinal is 4-1.
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