Florida wins ALC title outright

Special to GC

The No. 4 Florida lacrosse team finished the season undefeated in the American Lacrosse Conference to win its fourth consecutive ALC title and first outright since 2012 after surviving a late run by No. 5 Northwestern on Saturday at Lakeside Field. Freshman attack Sammi Burgess scored a career-high-tying four goals to lead the Gators past the Wildcats.

Florida took an early 3-0 lead just 7:50 into the game, eventually working to a 7-4 lead before halftime. The Gators came out strong in the second stanza as well, going up 11-5 with 17:25 left in the game. Northwestern then methodically starting chipping away at Florida’s lead, scoring three goals in three and a half minutes to move the score to 11-8 with 13:46 to play.

The Wildcats went on to score four of the final six goals, cutting the Gators’ lead to 13-12 with 2:09 on the clock. With 14 seconds left, Northwestern’s Kara Mupo found the back of the net to tie the game, but the goal was called off due to a crease violation. After that, Florida held on to the ball and the win as the clock dwindled down.

NUMBERS OF NOTE

  • Sammi Burgess scored a career-high four goals, tying her output from the Vanderbilt game. She also recorded an assist to total five points and added two ground balls and a draw control.
  • Taylor Bresnahan picked up a career-high five ground balls, while also tallying two caused turnovers and a draw control.
  • Devon Schneider scored three goals, tied her career high of two caused turnovers and grabbed a ground ball.
  • Shannon Gilroy grabbed three draw controls to tie Brittany Dashiell as the career leader with 214 draw controls. Gilroy also notched two goals, an assist and a caused turnover.
  • Nora Barry scored two goals and added an assist to total 3 points. She also recorded two ground balls and two draw controls.
  • Lauren Lea tallied a goal, an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.
  • Sam Darcangelo rounded out the scoring with a goal. She also recorded three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.
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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.