No. 4 Florida Sends Pioneers Packing in Second Round Play

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. Denver sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) had a goal and an assist, breaking DU's single-season scoring record with 113 points this season, but the No. 13 Pioneers fell 16-5 to No. 4 Florida in the Second Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Donald R. Dizney Lacrosse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"I think we calmed down a little bit. This is a big stage for us, our second [NCAA Tournament] game for the program," head coach Liza Kelly said. "Florida has been a little more seasoned in that, having been to the Final Four. I think Florida was hands down the best team we have played all season. Walking into a big stage against a good opponent, I wish it hadn't taken 30 minutes to calm down a little bit. We just needed to recognize it's just lacrosse and we can play the game."

Senior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.), juniors Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.), and freshman Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario) all scored goals for the Pioneers (18-3), while redshirt senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) added a pair of assists.

Senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) had five ground balls and four caused turnovers. Henrich's 70 caused turnovers this season are tied for the third most in NCAA single-season history, and she graduates with 170 career caused turnovers, the seventh most in NCAA history.

Redshirt sophomore Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 11 saves in the contest, giving her 190 this season, the third most in team history.

The Gators (18-2) were on fire from the beginning, scoring three goals in the first 3:05 of the game. Gilbride put Denver on the board off an assist from Secora at the 26:25 mark, but Florida scored nine-straight goals to close out the first half with a 12-1 lead.

Etzel opened the second half with a free position goal, cutting the deficit to 12-2 with 28:22 remaining, and Clark followed it up with her own free position goal three minutes later.

Florida's Kitty Cullen scored her third and fourth goal of the game before Remenapp found an open McKinnon for a goal at 14:45. The assist gave Remenapp 112 points this season, breaking former All-American Kristie Leggio's previous mark for Denver's all-time single-season mark.

Remenapp added a goal off an assist from Secora with 7:30 remaining, but Florida added a final goal to seal the victory.

"I am so proud. By far, this is the best team I have ever been a part of in my four years," Henrich said. "We made history by not only getting to the NCAA Tournament, but getting to the Sweet 16. Like Kara (Secora) said, Florida is an awesome team and I wish them the best of luck. If we are going to lose, I am glad it is to them because I can see them being the next national champions."

Florida advances to face the winner of Syracuse and Dartmouth in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals next week.

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