May 2, 2014

Florida Downs Hopkins to Advance to ALC Final

from press release

EVANSTON, Ill. - Mary-Sean Wilcox recorded a career-high 10 saves and Shannon Gilroy scored four goals to lead the No. 3 Florida Gators past the No. 8 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 11-6, in the semifinals of the ALC Tournament on Friday at Lakeside Field.

Johns Hopkins scored first and kept the game close for most of the first half, as neither team led by more than one until Florida went up 5-3 with 3:53 until the break. The Gators scored their third straight goal to close out the first stanza and take a 6-3 lead before halftime.

Florida started the second half in the same fashion that it closed out the first, stretching its lead to 9-3 in less than 10 minutes. After the teams traded a couple of goals, Johns Hopkins attempted to start a rally, scoring two goals in 1:03 and moving the score to 11-6 with 6:23 on the clock. However, the Gator defense closed ranks and didn’t allow the Blue Jays to come any closer, while the Florida offense ran a stall to keep Johns Hopkins from spending too much time in the offensive third of the field.

NUMBERS OF NOTE

·         Mary-Sean Wilcox notched a career-high 10 saves, besting the career-high that she set against Johns Hopkins earlier this season in Baltimore, Md.

·         Shannon Gilroy led the Gators with four goals and an assist for five points. She also picked up a draw control and a ground ball. Gilroy is now Florida’s career draw control leader with 215 and the single-season goal leader with 79.

·         Sammi Burgess scored two goals and added the first caused turnover of her career and a ground ball.

·         Nora Barry recorded two goals, four draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

·         Sam Darcangelo notched a goal and an assist for two points, while also grabbing a draw control and causing a turnover.

·         Mollie Stevens scored a goal, while Lauren Lea added a goal and a ground ball.

·         Devon Schneider picked up a season-high-tying three ground balls.

RECORDS

Florida improves to 16-2 on the season, while Johns Hopkins falls to 15-4.

SERIES UPDATE

Florida now owns a 5-3 advantage in the series, including a 2-1 record in Evanston.

MANDEE’S MINUTE

“I just thought we played well on both ends of the field. Mary-Sean (Wilcox) came up with some big saves that really affected the momentum of the game, which was to our advantage. I thought we did well on the offensive end. I think there are some little things that we need to correct at both ends of the field, but overall, I thought we played a solid game. I was really pleased with our clearing; Johns Hopkins is known for their ride and I thought we did a fantastic job clearing and making the most of those opportunities.”

The Gators will advance to the ALC Tournament Championship game on Sunday, May 4 at 12 p.m. ET in Evanston, Ill. The Gators will play the winner of the second semifinal game between Ohio State and Northwestern.


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