Roundup: No. 3 lacrosse tops No. 5 UNC in opener


Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 6:52 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 3 Florida Gators used five unanswered goals to rally past No. 5 North Carolina 5-3 in the lacrosse season opener Saturday.

The Gators (1-0) claimed their first win in four tries over UNC and marked their first win over an ACC opponent.

“It's a great win for us,” UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. “Our fundamentals at the beginning of the game and even throughout the first half were not very good. That's a part of our program we spent quite a lot of time on in practice every single day, so that to falter was disconcerting.

“But obviously, we persevered and pushed through it and were able to pick it up in the second half.”

Defense and goalkeepers paced the low-scoring game, as the Gators held the Tar Heels scoreless in the second half. Senior goalie Mikey Meagher came up big with nine saves on 20 shots, while senior attack Gabi Wiegand scored three points off two goals and an assist to lead the Gators. Seniors Ashley Bruns, Brittany Dashiell and Kitty Cullen all chipped in goals.

UNC wreaked havoc in the early going, scoring three unanswered goals within the first eight minutes of the first half. The game turned into a defensive battle, with each goalie having six saves at the break while Florida had seven turnovers to UNC's five.

The Gators are back in action Wednesday, as they travel to Jacksonville for a 7 p.m. matchup.

Men's tennis: Florida stayed unbeaten by winning its first road match of the year, 5-2 at Florida State.

“Overall, I think it was a good day,” said UF coach Bryan Shelton. “We came on the road and we knew it was going to be a tough test and our guys answered the call.”

The Gators improved to 6-0 on the season and will travel to Seattle later this week to play in the 2013 ITA National Indoors against some of the nation's top teams. Florida State, ranked No. 28 in the latest poll, falls to 9-2.

Getting wins for UF were Florent Diep, Stephane Piro, Gordon Watson and Michael Alford in singles, Diep-Alford and Piro-Bob van Overbeek in doubles.

Track & field: Sophomore high jumper Taylor Burke had a career day at Virginia Tech, one of many highlights from this weekend’s competitions in Blacksburg and in Seattle at the Husky Classic.

Burke broke the school record in the women’s high jump at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with her PR of 1.86m/6-1.25. Her mark breaks Maria Galloni’s 21-year-old record set at the 1992 SEC Championships, the same year the Gators won the NCAA Indoor Championship.

Junior distance runner Cory McGee turned in a stellar performance in Seattle at the Husky Classic, racing to a career best in the invitational section of the women’s mile. McGee finished in 4:32.10, good for second all-time in Gator history.

Women's basketball: Florida (14-9, 3-6 SEC) returns to the court today following a midweek bye and begins with a two-game road trip -- first stop: Auburn, Ala., where the Gators and Tigers (13-10, 2-8 SEC) will meet for the 50th time.

The game at Auburn Arena will tip off at 3 p.m. and will be televised live on SunSports (Cox Ch. 48 in Gainesville). The radio broadcast can be heard live on The Star 99.5 FM (WBXY) in Gainesville and the Gators play at Texas A&M on Thursday.

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