Florida Handles Vanderbilt to Set Up Season Finale
from press release
Senior attack Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) tied a career and program single-game high eight goals as No. 3 Florida bested Vanderbilt, 21-10, in ALC action at Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex on Sunday afternoon.
UF (15-1, 3-1 ALC) tied a season-high 21 goals backed by Bruns who combined with five other teammates for multiple goals in the win. Senior attack Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, N.Y.) produced a hat trick while seniors Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) and Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) along with sophomores Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.) and Nicole Graziano (Mendham, N.J.) all scored two goals apiece. In all, eight Gators scored in the win, helping their team to the second-largest goal total of the season. Florida scored a season-high 22 in a win over Stetson on March 19.
"Ashley played a really great game and was able to create some shots for us that kept us ahead in the first half," Head coach Amanda O'Leary said. "Overall, I felt our offense stepped up when we needed it to."
Dashiell recorded a career-high seven draws as Florida recorded 15 in the contest while winning ground balls 28-16. She also recorded a game-high two assists while senior defenders Emily Dohony (Parkton, Md.) and Kayla Stolins (Glen Arm, Md.) each scooped up four ground balls.
The offense also produced 40 shots in the contest, for the most in a game this season and fourth-highest single game total in program history. Florida was also efficient on defense, recording a 14-of-15 clears on the day and held Vanderbilt to 18 shots.
Bruns was extremely proficient on the afternoon, going 8-for-9 while also recording two ground balls and scored five of her goals in the first half. She previously scored eight goals against Siena last season where she also set the school record for points with 11.
UF came out on fire in the second half after holding a three-goal lead at the break, scoring the first five goals to take a 16-8 lead before Vanderbilt scored with 20:40 to play. The Orange and Blue held solid on defense as it held the 'Dores scoreless for the final 17:20 of the second half and close the game on a 5-0 run.
Florida outscored Vanderbilt (2-13, 0-5 ALC), 10-2, in the final frame to seal their 15th win of the season.
Cullen got things started for the Gators with a goal a minute and ten seconds into the game. Vanderbilt marched down the field to knot the score up at 1-1 on an Ashlin Dolan score 30 seconds later. Vanderbilt took a 2-1 lead about three minutes later on an Abby Wheeler score but Bruns would throw in back-to-back goals helping Florida to a 3-2 lead with 21:45 to play.
The 'Dores worked quickly again on offense to take a 4-3 lead while Bruns threw in a goal to make it 4-4. Vanderbilt held its last lead on a goal by Carly Linthicum to go up 5-4 with 15:01 to play.
Florida worked a 4-0 run to take a lead for good starting with a senior attack Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) goal. Dashiell, Bruns and Nicole Graziano upped the score to 8-5 with 8:43 to play. Florida completed a 7-1 run with three consecutive goals from Gilroy, Bruns and Dashiell before closing the half with a 11-8 lead.
Up next for the Gators is the regular season finale against ALC rival Northwestern on Saturday at Dizney Stadium with a 12 p.m. opening draw. Florida will honor 13 players in its senior day recognition, along with two managers, upon the conclusion of the game.