Roundup: Lacrosse freshman Barry captures honor


Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:07 a.m.

Freshman midfielder Nora Barry was named National Rookie of the Week by WomensLax.com after a standout game against No. 19 Johns Hopkins on Saturday.

A three-time ALC Rookie of the Week selection, Barry is the fourth Gator this season to earn national weekly honors and the first to get the nod from WomensLax.com. Teammate Ashley Bruns is the only other Gator to earn this national honor, doing so twice in 2010. Additionally, Barry was named to the SynapseSports.com National Weekly Honor Roll. She is the third Gator this season to garner this honor.

Barry recorded three goals, a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover to push the Gators past No. 19 Johns Hopkins, 13-12, in double overtime on Saturday. The Marcellus, N.Y., native scored a goal in the first half, then gave the Gators their biggest lead of the afternoon, 9-5, with a free-position goal midway through the second. Her biggest moment of the game came 66 minutes and 58 seconds in, when she was awarded the ball on free position in double overtime. The freshman kept her cool and scored her team-leading fourth game-winning goal of the season, to hand the Gators their first-ever overtime victory.

TRACK & FIELD: Junior sprinter Lanie Whittaker has been named the Southeastern Conference Co-Women’s Runner of the Week for her performance at the 68th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays this past weekend.

Whittaker turned in arguably the best weekend of her career, as she ran a personal-best time of 52.06 in the women’s 400 meters to finish as the top collegian in the event. Her time ranks her first in the SEC and the NCAA. Further, her 52.06 puts her among some good company, as she currently ranks eighth in the world in the women’s 400 meters and is now sixth all-time in the event at UF.

Whittaker was a part of three races over the weekend, including the 1600 meter sprint medley relay and the 4x400-meter relay.

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