Florida Gators lacrosse defeats San Diego State

Special to GC

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On a cold evening, senior Shannon Gilroy continued her hot pursuit to become the Gators’ all-time leading scorer during No. 4 Florida’s (3-1) 17-7 victory over San Diego State (0-1) on Friday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

The All-American midfielder, who battled swollen tonsils last week, tied a season-high with five goals and moved within eight goals of the all-time mark.

Just as they did in their previous game, the Gators ran out to a fast start, scoring nine goals in under 10 minutes, and entered halftime with a commanding 13-3 advantage.

With a number of reserves seeing playing time in the second half, the Gators took the throttle off the gas and switched to their possession-based offense in the second stanza, using their 10-goal advantage and a running clock to quickly finish of the Aztecs and escape the near-freezing playing conditions.

Freshman Shayna Pirreca came off the bench and had a career-high four goals on five shots. Five other Gators scored goals in the home win and sophomore Sammi Burgess tied a season-best with three assists. Junior goalkeeper Mary-Sean Wilcox moved to 3-1 and finished with six saves before giving way to backup goalie freshman Olivia Cole at the 12:36 mark.


·         Florida – 3-1

·         San Diego State – 0-1

Series Update

·         Tonight’s game was the first-ever meeting between the two schools

Numbers of Note

·         The Gators moved to 2-0 this season in night games

·         In its three wins this season, Florida has outscored its opponents, 55-15

·         Sophomore Lauren Lea tallied two goals and now has 50 points in her career

·         Sophomore Mollie Stevens added two scores and has the second-most goals scored (11) on the squad

·         Shannon Gilroy scored five goals and now has 196 in her career, just eight shy of becoming UF’s all-time leading goal scorer. Kitty Cullen (2010-13) holds the all-time mark with 203

·         Before San Diego State scored its first goal of the game at the 18:07 mark in the first, the Gator defense had gone 72 minutes and eight seconds without allowing a goal, a streak that spanned three games (Jacksonville, Michigan and San Diego State)

·         Sophomore Sammi Burgess tied a season-high with three assists

·         Freshman Shayna Pirreca recorded her first multi-goal game of her young career, netting four scores

·         Redshirt junior Nicole Graziano finished with two scores and has scored multiple goals in every game this season

Mandee’s Minute
Head coach Amanda O’Leary
On tonight’s win:
“I thought we came out and competed really, really well. I’m really impressed with Shannon [Gilroy] tonight. I thought she had one of the best games I’ve seen her play all season. Defensively we came up big. We made some undisciplined fouls, but I thought we cleaned it up and overall and I am just super pleased with our offensive performance.”

On the team’s progression at this point in the season:
I couldn’t be more pleased with their effort tonight. [It] was a little cold out there, so that was a challenge for them, but otherwise I thought they did a good job on the 50-50 ground balls. It’s something we’ve been working on. I’m really pleased with where they are right now.”

Up Next
Florida hosts Dartmouth (0-0) next Saturday (Feb. 28) at 1:00 p.m. at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.