No. 2 Gators Crush the Hatters for 12th Straight Victory

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Racing out to an early lead, No. 2 Florida used a variety of goal scorers to rout Stetson, 22-1, Tuesday evening at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Florida improves to 12-0 headed into ALC play against Ohio State on Saturday.

UF posted its highest scoring margin of the year, with five Gators scoring multiple goals including sophomore midfielder Nora Barry (Marcellus, N.Y.), senior attack Hayley Katzenberger (Damascus, Md.) with three goals each and freshmen Devon Schneider (Lititz, Pa.), Lauren Lea (Elkridge, Md.) and Beth Willertz (Severn, Md.) all adding two goals.

The Gators held a 14-1 lead at half, tying their highest scoring half of the season, using all three of Barry's goals and two from Katzenberger. In all, 15 different Gators scored on the evening.

“I thought overall, Stetson did a great job coming out hard and it's great to play in-state competition.” Head coach Amanda O'Leary said. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for their team and coaching staff, and their goalie (Caili Guilday) made some great saves tonight.”

Guilday recorded 11 saves in the game for the Hatters, who are in the midst of their first year as a Division I program.

Barry started the Orange and Blue's scoring for the evening on an assisted goal from senior attack Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.). They steadily built a lead with goals from seven different Gators to go up 9-0.

Stetson notched their lone goal of the night at the 13:06 mark from Melanie Fredericks with an assists by Maylis Broderick.

Katzenberger added two ground balls in the win, tying teammate freshman attack Darcy Messina (Sayville, N.Y.) for a team-high. Freshman midfielder Sam Darcangelo (Freeland, Md.) led with five draw controls followed by sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy (Northport, N.Y.) grabbing three. Schneider recorded a team-high two caused turnovers in the effort.

“Overall I thought offensively we clicked and we were solid on the defensive end and I'm pleased tonight, it was a great team win,” O'Leary said.

Florida is back in action on Saturday as it opens up conference action against ALC foe Ohio State (2-4) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Stetson (0-8) went on the road for the first time in program history and did so against one of the best teams in the nation. The Hatters lost to No. 2 Florida (12-0) by a score of 22-1 on Tuesday evening.

The undefeated Gators scored 11 seconds into the contest and never looked back. Florida cruised to a 14-1 lead at halftime, and went on to win by the final score of 22-1. Stetson's lone goal came from freshman Melanie Fredericks, her third of the season. Freshman Maylis Broderick assisted Fredericks on the goal, notching her second helper of the year.

Florida was led by Nora Berry and Hayley Katzenberger, who each tallied three goals in the victory. Decon Schneider led the Gators with five ground balls, while Sam Darcangelo totaled six draw controls in the game.

Freshman Caili Guilday, the Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week, led the Hatters with three ground balls and stopped nine shots while in goal for 40 minutes. Sophomore Samantha Akl managed to gather two draw controls for Stetson in the defeat.

Stetson will next return home to host Marist on Thursday, March 21. The Hatters and the Red Foxes are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Athletic Training Center.


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