No. 2 Florida lacrosse cruises past Stetson

Gators sophomore Nora Barry tied for a team-high three goals in Florida's home win Tuesday against Stetson.

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Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:32 p.m.

Racing out to an early lead, the second-ranked Florida lacrosse team used a variety of goal scorers to upend Stetson, 22-1, Tuesday evening at Dizney Stadium.

The Gators (12-0) posted their highest scoring margin of the year, with five players scoring multiple goals, including three goals each from sophomore midfielder Nora Barry and senior attack Hayley Katzenberger. Freshmen Devon Schneider, Lauren Lea and Beth Willertz all added two goals.

Florida held a 14-1 lead at halftime, tying its highest scoring half of the season. In all, 15 different Gators scored on the evening.

“I thought overall, Stetson did a great job coming out hard, and it's great to play in-state competition,” UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and coaching staff. And their goalie (Caili Guilday) made some great saves tonight.”

Guilday recorded 11 saves in the game for the Hatters, who are in the midst of their first year as a Division I program.

Barry started the Gators' scoring for the evening on an assisted goal from senior attack Kitty Cullen. Florida steadily built a lead with goals from seven different Gators to go up 9-0 in the first half.

Stetson notched its lone goal of the night at the 13:06 mark from Melanie Fredericks with an assist by Maylis Broderick.

Katzenberger added two ground balls in Florida's win, tying freshman attack Darcy Messina for a team-high. Freshman midfielder Sam Darcangelo led the Gators with five draw controls followed by sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy, who grabbed three. Schneider, a midfielder, forced a team-best two turnovers.

“Overall, I thought offensively we clicked, and we were solid on the defensive end," O'Leary said. "I'm pleased tonight. It was a great team win.”

Florida is back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. as it opens up conference play against ALC foe Ohio State (2-4) at Dizney Stadium.

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