UF roundup: Lacrosse team rolls
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.
The fifth-ranked Gator lacrosse team closed out its home season in style, cruising to a 17-5 conference victory over No. 17 Vanderbilt.
Brittany Dashiell scored a career-high-tying six points to lead the Gators to their 10th-straight victory, running Florida's record to 14-2 (4-0 ALC) with one game to go in the regular season. With the loss, the Commodores drop to 7-6 overall and finish their conference slate with a 1-4 record in ALC play.
Dashiell led both teams with six points on the afternoon, scoring two goals and tying the school record with four assists. Kitty Cullen was tops on the Gators with five goals, and Shannon Gilroy followed closely with four.
Caroline Chesterman recorded three goals, Ashley Bruns put up two goals and an assist, and reigning National Rookie of the Week Nora Barry scored the remaining goal and assist, adding a team-high five draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Emily Dohony and Mikey Meagher each recorded three ground balls on defense, and Dohony also caused two turnovers.
Meagher made seven saves and allowed just five goals in the complete game, while Commodore keeper Natalie Wills put up nine saves but gave up all 17 scores.
MEN'S TENNIS: Tenth-ranked Florida finished the regular season with a 6-1 win over South Carolina at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. After dropping the doubles point to the Gamecocks, the Gators swept all six singles matches in straight sets to win the match.
Florida (14-8, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) will travel to Starkeville, Miss., for the SEC Tournament, hosted by Mississippi State next weekend, April 19-22. UF has earned the No. 4 seed in the conference based on a head-to-head tiebreaker over Ole Miss and will have a bye in the first round, beginning play on Friday.
Prior to the match, the Gators honored their lone senior, Nassim Slilam. After earning a 6-3, 6-3 win over Andrew Adams, he has 122 combined singles and doubles victories. In his three seasons at UF, he has helped lead the Gators to two NCAA Sweet 16 appearances as well as a top 10 final ITA ranking each of the past two seasons. Slilam has won at least 20 singles matches in each of his three seasons at Florida, totaling 66 singles wins, while also compiling 56 doubles victories.