ALC honors Gators


Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

It's good to be the queens of the American Lacrosse Conference.

The league honored the Gators on Thursday, when it announced Shannon Gilroy is the ALC Midfielder of the Year, Sammi Burgess the Rookie of the Year and Amanda O’Leary is the ALC Coach of the Year for the third time in four years.

“I am very proud of Shannon and Sammi,” O’Leary said. “They have both worked extremely hard this year and these are certainly well-deserved honors. Shannon is an amazing player who has been dominant on both ends of the field. Sammi has had a fantastic freshmen year thus far and all of her extra work has really paid off. I could not be more proud of Shannon, Sammi and all of our All-Conference award winners.”

Florida also placed four players on the all-conference teams, as Nora Barry and Gilroy earned first-team nods and Caroline Fitzgerald and Burgess were named to the second team.

Gilroy has had a tremendous junior season and leads the NCAA in goals (75), goals per game (4.41) and points per game (5.35), while ranking second in points (91). She also leads the Gators in draw controls (72), caused turnovers (23) and assists (16). She has also picked up 19 ground balls this season and is 29-for-35 from the 8-meter. Gilroy has set or tied 9 program records this season.

Burgess has had an impressive freshman campaign, ranking second on the team with 45 points, 31 goals and 14 assists. She has also tallied 21 ground balls and 15 draw controls. Burgess capped the regular season by scoring a career-high four goals in each of the last two games. She also led the conference with three rookie of the week honors.

O’Leary led the Gators to their fourth consecutive ALC title and a top-seed in the ALC tournament. O’Leary has recorded a 78-20 record at Florida, including going 27-8 in the ALC.

Winners of the individual awards and All-Conference selections will be honored before each of the first-round games Thursday.

The Gators will play in the semifinal game Friday at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of game 1 between the No. 4 seed Penn State and the No. 5 seed Johns Hopkins.

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