UF roundup: Gilroy nets 4 in win over Buckeyes


Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 11:35 p.m.

Columbus, Ohio – Shannon Gilroy scored four goals to lead the No. 4 Florida lacrosse team to a 10-9 comeback win over No. 20 Ohio State in an American Lacrosse Conference game Saturday.

“I think our kids just played with so much heart,” UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. “I credit them, they pulled this win out, they wanted it, they worked hard, they never gave up when they were down.”

After falling behind 2-0 early in the first half, Florida (10-2, 2-0 ALC) scored twice to knot the score at 2 with 16:05 left before halftime. Ohio State (6-4, 1-1) found the back of the net with 1:27 left to take a 3-2 lead, but Gilroy scored on a free-position shot to tie the score at 3-3, 14 seconds before the buzzer.

The Gators looked to keep their momentum going in the second period after Lauren Lea found the back of the net just 16 seconds into the half. However, the Buckeyes scored the next four goals for a 7-4 lead with 22:22 left to play.

UF answered with four straight goals to go up 8-7 with 17 left. The next goal came when Ohio State tied the game for the fifth time, 8-8, with 4:18 left in the game. Gilroy scored again to put Florida up for the last time, 9-8, with 2:41 remaining. Another goal for each team provided the final score.

Sam Darcangelo scored two goals and dished out three assists for a team-high five points for UF, Nora Barry also scored two goals and added three ground balls and a draw control and Lauren Lea and Mollie Stevens also scored.

Florida plays at Stetson at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Baseball: A four-run second inning lifted Texas A&M (16-8, 2-3 SEC) to a 5-4 win over visiting Florida (15-8/3-2 SEC), squaring the teams' weekend series.

The Gators pulled to within a run in the sixth inning on a two-run, two-out single by sophomore Richie Martin (3-for-5, two runs), but were stymied by scoreless outings from sophomore Andrew Vinson (2.1 IP, 1 H) and senior Jason Jester, who worked a perfect ninth for his third save.

Florida had a pair of runners in scoring position with one out and loaded the bases with two down in the first inning but was held scoreless by sophomore right-hander Grayson Long (3-0).

Texas A&M erupted for four runs on six hits in the second against sophomore righty Eric Hanhold (3-2). After an RBI grounder with the bases full by sophomore Logan Taylor brought home junior Logan Nottebrok (2-for-4) with the game's opening run, senior Jace Statum roped a two-run single and freshman Nick Banks punched an RBI single for a 4-0 score.

The teams play in the rubber match at 1:05 p.m. today. The game can be heard on 103.7-FM.

Women NCAA Swimming: Four seniors wrapped up their illustrious careers as Florida placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis. Florida finished in the top 10 for the 13th consecutive season and sixth for the second consecutive year under coach Gregg Troy.

The Gators amassed 15 All-American swims and broke six school records over the course of the three day meet. All five relays finished ninth or higher.

Elizabeth Beisel, Alicia Mathieu, Ellese Zalewski and Hilda Luthersdottir leave the Gators after a combined 49 All-American honors in four years in Gainesville. The foursome accounted for 10 of Florida's school records.

Beisel, a two-time Olympian and two-time Olympic medalist, departs UF with 18 career All-American honors. Beisel is also a two-time NCAA Champion after winning the 400 IM in 2013 and the 200 backstroke in 2012.

Zalewski picked up six more All-America honors to give her 15 for her career. Luthersdottir, a 2012 Olympian for Iceland, finished with three All-American honors, which left her with 12 for her career. Mathieu, a distance specialist, earned her fourth consecutive All-American honor in the mile.

Georgia scored 528 points and defended its NCAA title at the women's swimming and diving championships on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won their sixth title since 1999. Stanford recorded its best finish since 2010, claiming second with 402.5 points. California, which has three titles since 2009, settled for third with 386 points.

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