Syracuse ends Gator lacrosse's season

Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 4 seed Syracuse outscored No. 5 seed Florida, 9-5, in the second half Saturday en route to a 13-9 win in the NCAA quarterfinals at the Carrier Dome.

It marked the final time in a Gator uniform for 13 seniors, 11 of which started with the program in 2010. UF coach Amanda O’Leary had nothing but praise for the trailblazers who launched UF into a national powerhouse.

“What will stick out to me is how these young women represented the University of Florida and they are classy young women,” O’Leary said. “They represented us in the best possible manner and will always hold a special place in my heart and everyone associated with Florida lacrosse, because they put us on the map.”

Florida wraps up its season with a record of 18-3 and were the 2013 co-American Lacrosse Conference regular season champions.

With the game tied 4-4 at the break, Syracuse (18-3) outshot the Gators 17-12 in the final period while turnovers marred their postseason bid as they gave up 13 in the contest.

“Syracuse is a phenomenal team and all the credit in the world to them,” O’Leary said. “They came out and played hard and credit their offense, but I think our defense played really hard and played their hearts out."

Florida goalie Mikey Meagher put together a solid performance in cage with a season-high 12 saves. Three Gators scored multiple goals, as senior attack Kitty Cullen and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy led with two goals and each had an assist. Sophomore midfielder Nora Barry also had two goals and two ground balls on the afternoon.

“I think Mikey did a phenomenal job,” O’Leary said. “She played her heart out today and we couldn’t have asked for more from what we got from her.”

Seniors Brittany Dashiell and Kayla Stolins each notched a team-high four draw controls as draws were an even 12-12 in the game. Dashiell was also credited with an assist in the final game of the 2013 season.

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