Syracuse Set to Host Florida in Top-Five Match on Saturday

SYRACUSE, N.Y. The No. 2/3 Syracuse women's lacrosse team will face its second straight top five opponent when it hosts No. 4/5 Florida on Saturday, March 15. Opening draw in the Carrier Dome is set for 12:00 p.m.

Fans can listen to the action on WJPZ 89.1FM in Syracuse. Live audio and video will also be available on CuseTV on Cuse.com. Subscriptions to CuseTV are available at daily, monthly and yearly rates.

What to Watch For Syracuse (6-1)
1. Junior Kailah Kempney (Carthage, N.Y.) became Syracuse's all-time leader in draw controls with her performance against Maryland. Kempney had two draw controls against the Terps, giving her 182 in her career. She surpasses Christina Dove for the top spot. Dove had 181 draw controls from 2007-10.

2. Senior Kasey Mock (Pottstown, Pa.) is tied for second in the ACC in caused turnovers. She leads the squad with 12, just four shy of her career high set last season.

3. The Orange is facing a team ranked in the top 20 for the fourth time this season and an opponent ranked in the top five for the second consecutive game. SU is 3-1 in those games, with the only setback coming against No. 3/2 Maryland on Monday.

What to Watch for Florida (8-1)
1. Florida enters Saturday's game on an eight-game winning streak. Its only loss was to defending national champion North Carolina in the season opener.

2. Junior Shannon Gilroy leads the team in points (51), goals (40) and assists (11). Freshman Sammi Burgess is second in all three categories, with 29 points, 19 goals and 10 assists. Redshirt senior Cara Canington and sophomore Mary-Sean Wilcox have shared time in goal for the Gators. Canington has a 7.12 goals-against average and a .530 save percentage. She has recorded 44 saves in nine games. Wilcox has an 8.52 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage. She has made 24 saves in eight contests.

3. Amanda O'Leary is in her fifth season at the helm of the Florida program. She is the only head coach in the history of the program and has led the Gators to a record of 71-19. Previously, O'Leary served as the head coach at Yale.

The Series
Syracuse leads the all-time series with Florida, 3-2. The teams split the two meetings last season. The Gators defeated the Orange in Sun Life Stadium during the regular season before Syracuse defeated Florida in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in the Carrier Dome.

Up Next ...
Syracuse continues its seven-game homestand when it hosts Harvard on Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

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Gainesville, Fla. The No. 4 Gators will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the No. 2/3 Orange on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Florida enters the game on an eight-game winning streak, while Syracuse lost its last contest, a 12-10 thriller with No. 3/2 Maryland. This will be Florida's second top-5 match-up of the season, having lost the season-opener, 20-8, to No. 1 North Carolina.

The Orange lead the series with a 3-2 advantage, including a 1-0 lead in Syracuse. The teams met twice in 2013, with the Gators winning 14-10 in Miami and the Orange winning 13-9 in the NCAA quarterfinals. All five of the games have been decided by five points or less.

Familiar Faces on the Field
Three Gators will face a former teammate when Florida travels to Syracuse on Saturday. Taylor Bresnahan and Natalie Glanell played together for a year at South River high school, winning the 2010 Maryland Class 4A State Championship. Beth Willertz played with Liz Harbeson at Severn, while Mary-Sean Wilcox and Kirkland Locey helped Notre Dame Prep to a 2010 MIAA runner-up finish. Florida assistant coach Michelle Tumolo will see many familiar faces, as she played for the Orange and was a member of teams that won the Big East Championship in 2012 and 2013, advanced to the NCAA Championship game in 2012 and made it to the NCAA Final Four in 2010 and 2013.

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