Gilroy Scores Five, Gators Top Albany for Win No. 6
from press release
Gainesville, Fla. - Four Gators scored
multiple goals to help lead No. 3 Florida lacrosse to a 17-7 win
over UAlbany Sunday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Gators improve
to 6-0 with the win with help from leading scorer sophomore
midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport,
N.Y.), who recorded five goals and a career-high and UF single-game
high eight draw controls in the effort.
Gilroy, senior attack Ashley
Bruns (Ellicot City, Md.), senior
attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and
senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell all
chipped in at least two goals apiece to help UF on the afternoon.
Gilroy’s eight draw controls bested her previous high of
seven she recorded three times in her career. The eight draw
controls also pushed her career total to 104, as she becomes the
second Gator to record 100 in her career.
“She (Gilroy) dominated the draw and that’s what
she does,” Head coach Amanda
O’Leary said. “She is not only a threat
on the draw but offensively. She has been getting better and better
on those draws and at the beginning of the season she was hesitant
going after ground balls but today she stayed with the ball and
picked them up and got the momentum going for us.”
Bruns recorded her second-straight game with four goals as she
chipped in five points total for the afternoon. Cullen added
a hat trick for the Gators while Dashiell found the back of the net
twice in the win. Senior attackCaroline
Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) led with three ground
balls on the afternoon as part of the Gators 21 ground balls on the
The Gators led the Great Danes in draw controls (21-4) and
ground balls (21-17) on the afternoon, helping swing the offensive
momentum into their favor. UF was also 3-for-5 on free position
attempts with Dashiell going 2-for-2.
Florida took an early 3-0 lead with all three goals in a 1:30
span, started by Dashiell with her free position goal with 26:53
left in the first half followed by back-to-back goals from Gilroy.
UAlbany’s Rachel Bowles got them on the board on a free
position shot at the 19:53 mark, but UF scored the next four goals
en route to a 7-1 lead.
Bruns added back-to-back goals at 9:03 and 5:34 as UF would go
on to score the final three of four goals in the first half, taking
a 12-4 halftime lead. Albany was held the 14 shots on the
day, seven in each half and were led by Bowles with four goals and
Allie Phelan with two.
The teams exchanged goals to start the second half but
Dashiell’s free position shot put the Gators up 10 just four
minutes into the half. Sophomore midfielders Nicole
Graziano (Mendham, N.J.) and Nora
Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) along with freshman
attack Lauren Lea (Elkridge, Md.) all
scored a goal for the Gators. The Gators now improve to 2-0
all-time over the Great Danes and have a perfect 6-0 record against
opponents in the American East Conference.
“I thought we came out and played really, really
well,” O’Learysaid. “We
got out to a really solid start and we went well over 50 percent
shooting, which I know is one of the goals for our attack. I
thought defensively we played very, very well and overall I’m
just really pleased”
Florida is back in action on Saturday as it travels to Miami
to take part in the Orange Bowl Classic with a meeting against
rival No. 6 Syracuse at Sun Life Stadium. The Orangemen and Gators
previously met in the NCAA Final Four, where SU won 14-13 in
overtime. Opening draw is set for 5 p.m. on Sun Sports with Larry
Vettel and M.C. McFadden on the call.