High-flying Gators face Albany


Florida coach Amanda O'Leary has the Gators ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9:16 p.m.

The Florida lacrosse team, fresh off earning the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and its first No. 1 ranking, hosts Albany at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Facts

NCAA Tournament

Who: Top-seeded Florida (17-2) vs. Albany (12-5)

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Donald R. Dizney Stadium on UF campus.

Radio: AM-850

Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. UF students will be admitted for free with Gator 1 ID.

Hosting NCAA Tournament games is becoming old hat for the Gators (17-2), who entertained the first two rounds of last year's tournament, defeating Stanford before being eliminated by Duke.

Florida is riding the momentum of winning its first ALC Tournament title last week, dominating five-time defending tournament champion Northwestern, 14-7.

Nora Barry scored the first two goals against Ohio State in the tourney opener for UF, and after the Buckeyes tied the score at three, Nicole Graziano put up back-to-back goals to give Florida a pass to the finals.

Emily Dohony marshaled the defense, earning six ground balls and three caused turnovers, both career highs, while Brittany Dashiell had a goal, two assists, two ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Shannon Gilroy scored seven goals against No. 1 Northwestern to match the Wildcats' goal total on the day. Mikey Meagher made nine saves on the day and earned a combined .560 save percentage over both games to earn ALC All-Tournament MVP. Gilroy, and Dashiell joined Sam Farrell and Jamie Reeg on the All-Tournament team. The pair of defenders kept Northwestern's top two scorers, Erin Fitzgerald and Shannon Smith, without a point in the game, ending Smith's nation-leading 62-game scoring streak.

Albany defeated top-seeded Boston University and No. 2 Stony Brook to capture the America East tournament title to again qualify for the NCAA postseason.

Florida is 4-0 vs. the America East conference, while the Great Danes are 2-2 against ALC schools. It's the first meeting between the schools.

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