No. 5 Florida Edges No. 19 Johns Hopkins in Double Overtime

BALTIMORE, MD - Florida's Nora Barry completed her hat trick with 58 seconds gone in the second overtime period to lift the fifth-ranked Gators to a 13-12 win over host Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon in American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) action at Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays suffer their second straight loss as they fall to 7-4 overall and 0-2 in the ALC. The Gators meanwhile, extend their overall win streak to nine and their conference win streak to eight as UF is now 13-2 on the season and 3-0 in the ALC.

Hopkins led early but later rallied from a four-goal deficit to score to tie the game before scoring the go-ahead goal with just 1:13 to play. But Florida would score with just seven ticks left in regulation to force overtime. The teams traded goals in the first overtime period before the Gators had the final say 66:58 into the contest.

Senior Colleen McCaffrey put the Blue Jays on the board early after a nifty spin move on the right goal line extended, snuck a tough-angled shot past Mickey Meagher at 28:35. Just 42 seconds later, Kitty Cullen, who had missed the last two games, knotted the game with a free position goal. Hopkins answered with back-to-back goals to take a 3-1 lead just over five minutes in. Sophomore Taylor D'Amore put the Blue Jays back on top with a goal off a right alley dodge before McCaffrey dodged the middle, spun around a defender and buried a left-handed shot at 24:27.

Shannon Gilroy cuts the deficit to one, taking a feed in the slot from Ashley Bruns and firing it past freshman KC Emerson at 16:00. Less than two minutes later, senior Candace Rossi scored off a great heads up play. She fired a shot from the high slot and Meagher was there for the save, but couldn't control the rebound. Rossi, following up her shot, scooped up the loose ball, tiptoed along the crease before going high-to-low on Meagher to make it 4-2 Hopkins.

Barry once again cut it to one as the Gators capitalized on a failed Blue Jay clear. Emerson made came up with a save on a Nicole Graziano shot, but on the clear, the ball took a funny angle out of Emerson's stick. Graziano bounced on the loose ball and found Barry open in transition for the goal.

The Blue Jays came right back off the draw, pushing their lead back to two. D'Amore controlled the draw and took off into the offensive end. As she drew a pair of defenders, D'Amore found classmate Sarah Taylor trailing on the right side. Taylor took the pass and rifled a shot home to make it 5-3 Hopkins.

The Gators would answer with three straight to take a 6-5 lead into the half. Brittany Dashiell got things going with a nice pass from Graziano, she turned and scored in the slot. Just 20 seconds later, Gilroy cutting down the middle, took a feed from Dashiell and scored to tie the game at five apiece. Cullen would send the visitors into the locker room with the lead when she dodged left to right across the fan and scored to give Florida its first lead of the game at 6:28.

The play was a much slower pace in the opening 12 minutes of the second half with a pair of yellow cards, several saves and a couple of shots off the post mixed in. It was the Gators that would end the drought and with emphasis as they scored three goals in a span of 77 seconds to push out to a four-goal lead.

Haydon Judge intercepted an Emerson pass, after a save on Dashiell, and fed the ball to Bruns who was open in the slot. She scored on a low shot to the right corner. Cullen followed with a strike off a right-alley dodge before Barry capped the spurt with a free position goal at 16:00.

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2012-04-07



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