Gilroy Scores Six, as No. 4 Florida Doubles up Dartmouth

Gainesville, Fla. Shannon Gilroy scored six goals and caused a career-high four turnovers to lead the No. 4 Florida lacrosse team to victory over the Dartmouth Big Green, 14-7, Tuesday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

Four Gators joined Gilroy in setting career records as Caroline Fitzgerald picked up five ground balls, Krista Grabher notched two draw controls, Mollie Stevens tallied eight shots and Mary-Sean Wilcox notched a career-high save percentage of .800.

Dartmouth scored first, but Florida answered with three goals in less than three minutes to take a 3-1 lead with 22:12 left in the first half. The Big Green's defense held the Gators scoreless for nearly 14 minutes, before Gilroy sparked a four-run spurt that Florida used to close out the first stanza.

While the Gators had a 7-3 lead entering the second half, the momentum appeared to be in favor of the Big Green. Each team scored a goal before Dartmouth found the back of the net three times in less than two minutes, cutting Florida's lead to 8-6 with 19:45 on the clock.

Following the Dartmouth run, Mary-Sean Wilcox entered the cage for Florida and closed out the game, making four saves while facing six shots. On the offensive third, Florida finished the game with a 6-1 run that put the final score at 14-7.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. Dartmouth continues to challenge itself with one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season. The latest contest in 2014 saw the Big Green fall at No. 4 Florida, 14-7, Tuesday evening at Dizney Stadium.

Dartmouth drops to 3-3 overall this season with the loss, while the Gators continue their strong 2014 campaign, improving to 9-2.

"I was really pleased with how we played. They (Florida) are a really good team and I though we played them very tough," head coach Amy Patton said. "If we get a couple of breaks to go our way, it could have been a whole different game.

"Kristen (Giovanniello) was really good in goal for us tonight and we worked on some different things attack wise as well. At this point, we are still looking for our best mix up front and tonight Ingrid (Hermanson) stepped up and really came through when she was called upon," Patton continued.

Entering the contest with the Gators, sophomore Ingrid Hermanson had appeared in just three career games in her time in Hanover without registering a point. That changed on this cool spring night in central Florida as the Mountain Lakes, N.J., native scored three goals, tops among Big Green players.

The nation's leading goal scorer, Shannon Gilroy, added to her impressive season total, scoring six times and now has 49 in 11 games.

The biggest performance of the night, however, did not belong to an offensive player from either team. Senior goalkeeper Kristen Giovanniello turned aside 15 shots, the second-best single-game total in her stellar Dartmouth career.

Florida has proven itself to be one of the top scoring teams in the nation the last few years, led by high-caliber players like Gilroy, and were once again potent on this night, attempting 40 shots to Dartmouth's 15.

Giovanniello moved into third-place all-time in career saves in program history as she now has 458 in her 58 games in a Big Green uniform. With her eighth save of the night, the Old Brookville, N.Y., native passed Julie Wadland '10 (450) on the all-time list.

At the other end of the field, all three of Hermanson's goals came in the second half as the Green hung with the fourth-ranked Gators until the final buzzer sounded. The sophomore came off the bench and was the recipient of three well placed passes from senior Liz Calby for each of her goals.

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2014-03-18



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