Florida hosts Denver in NCAA second round
Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7:13 p.m.
No. 5 seed Florida takes its turn in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday against the Denver Pioneers. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Florida (17-2) is 3-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is making its third consecutive appearance in the postseason in the program’s four-year history. UF has played all opening-round games at Dizney Stadium and is 3-1 at home in the postseason.
The Gators are led by senior attack Kitty Cullen, who had 61 points on the season with 43 goals and 18 assists. Senior attack Ashley Bruns and sophomore attack Shannon Gilroy are tied for a team-high 46 goals. Cullen and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell each have a team-high 18 assists.
Tewaaraton finalist Mikey Meagher anchors the Florida defense, one that allows just 6.58 goals per game. Meagher has recorded 104 saves and a .495 save percentage on the season. She is backed by senior defender Sam Farrell, who has a team-high 22 caused turnovers, and senior defender Emily Dohony, who leads with 32 ground balls.
Both teams are ranked in this week’s national polls, with the Gators coming in at 4/4 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and ILWomen.com/deBeer Media Poll while Denver is 13/18, respectively.
The Gators enter today’s contest after dropping an 8-3 decision to Northwestern in the American Lacrosse Conference Championship last Sunday in Baltimore, Md.
Denver (18-2) advanced to the second round after defeating Jacksonville 14-7 on Friday in the team’s first NCAA win. The Pioneers, who began play in 1999, are in their first NCAA tournament on an at-large bid after winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season title. Denver held a 15-game winning streak since Feb. 24 before it fell in the MPSF title game to Stanford.
The Pioneers are led by sophomore attack Jill Remenapp, who is third in the nation in points (105) and assists (69). She also has 36 goals on the season with 13 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers. Redshirt senior attacker Kara Secora paces the Pioneers with 55 goals, and sophomore midfielder Kiki Boone is the team’s draw control specialist with 51 on the season.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children 12 and under. UF students will be admitted for free. The ticket office at Dizney Stadium opens 90 minutes prior to the start of the game.