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Florida Gators lacrosse celebrates a goal in 2019- GatorCountry photo taken by David Bowie
Florida Gators lacrosse celebrates a goal in 2019- GatorCountry photo taken by David Bowie

Florida Gators lacrosse preparing for NCAA tournament

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The No. 19 Florida women’s lacrosse team is set to compete against Johns Hopkins in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Opening draw is slated for 5 p.m. at the UNC Lacrosse/Soccer Stadium. The game will be streamed on ESPN3 with Matt Krause on the call.

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Florida holds the 5-1 series advantage against the Blue Jays, with the last game between the two squads coming back in May of 2014. In games at neutral locations, Florida is 2-0 against Johns Hopkins.

This is the ninth-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Gators. Florida holds a 7-8 record in NCAA play, including a 1-1 record in the 2018 Tournament.

No. 19 Florida vs. Johns Hopkins Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Friday, May 10 | 5 p.m.
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Series Information – No. 19 Florida vs. Johns Hopkins
Blue Jays | 10-7 overall, 2-4 Big Ten

*        This is the seventh meeting between the Gators and the Blue Jays

*        Florida holds the 5-1 series advantage

*        Home: 1-0 | Away: 2-1 | Neutral: 2-0

*        Last Time Out: May 5, 2014 | Evanston, Ill. | W, 11-6
Scouting the Blue Jays
Johns Hopkins finished the season with an overall record of 10-7 and a Big Ten conference record of 2-4. The Blue Jays are 2-5 against ranked opponents this season – coming up with wins against Loyola and Georgetown. The squad fell to Penn, Michigan, Northwestern, Stony Brook and Maryland.

This is the seventh meeting between these two squads, with Florida holding the 5-1 advantage.

Johns Hopkins is led on the offensive front by Meredith Schneidereith, who has scored 47 goals this season. Aurora Cordingley has added 36, while Miranda Ibello has pitched in 24 goals. Shelby Harrison has controlled the draw circle for the Blue Jays, coming up with 73 draws this season. Ellie McNulty and Keegan Barger are close behind with 60 and 59, respectively. Haley Crosson has seen a majority of the minutes in the cage this season for Hopkins, recording 133 saves in 924 minutes of play. She holds a .429 saves percentage with an 11.49 goals against average

Quick Facts

*        The Gators are playing in their ninth-straight NCAA Tournament, which means they have competed in the tourney every year other than the squad’s first-ever season (2010)

*        Shannon Kavanagh scored four goals against Cincinnati, putting her at 98 for her career

o   She is on pace for 100 goals this season, becoming just the 12th Florida player to hit that mark

o   If she records 1\00 goals this year, she will be just the second Gator to hit the milestone by the end of their second year

*        Grace Haus registered two points on the day, moving her to 95 points in her career

o   She is looking to hit the 100 point mark this season

o   She would be just the 17th Gator to hit the milestone and seventh to do so in their first two years

*        Streaking: Haley Hicklen has recorded a save in 45-straight games, the second-best mark in program history.

*        Streaking: Lindsey Ronbeck has also scored at least one goal in 30-straight games, the third-best mark in program history

*        Streaking: Shannon Kavanagh is now tied with Sabrina Cristodero for Florida’s streak for consecutive games with a draw control, recording one in 32-straight games.

NCAA Numbers of Note

–         9: Regular season conference championships for Florida in 10 seasons (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 in the ALC; 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the BIG EAST; 2019 in the AAC)

–         8: The Gators played eight ranked opponents in their nonconference slate – all eight of which are in the NCAA Tournament field this season

–         7: Florida has now won seven conference tournament championships, including six in a row (2012 & 2014 in the ALC; 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 in the BIG EAST; 2019 in the AAC)

–         5: NCAA Quarterfinals berths for the Gators since the program started in 2010 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2018)

–         1: Final Four berth for the Orange & Blue in 2012

–         $10 – adults (ages 18+)

–         $5 – children (7-17) and seniors (55+)

–         $3 – students

–         Free – kids 6 and under
Parking will be available in the Raleigh Road Visitors Lot, the Bell Tower Deck and the Cobb Deck.  Fans should plan to allow extra time to reach Sunday’s game because UNC’s commencement ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m. that day and may affect parking and traffic.

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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.