No. 4 Florida Jumps to Early Lead, Holds off No. 11 Penn State

Gainesville, Fla. Shannon Gilroy and Mollie Stevens scored four goals apiece to lead No. 4 Florida to a 13-9 victory over the No. 11 Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Florida is now 3-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference and the only team undefeated in ALC play. This also marked the 50th Gator win, and 27th straight, at Dizney Stadium.

Penn State scored the first goal of the game, but Florida took control and surged to a 6-1 lead with 13:31 left in the first half. After a couple of goals from the Nittany Lions, the Gators scored four more to take a 10-3 lead just before halftime. Although Penn State outscored Florida 6-3 in the second stanza, the Gators' first half lead was enough to hold off the Nittany Lions.

Shannon Gilroy scored four goals off a season-high-tying 13 shots. She also tied her career high of five ground balls while tallying six draw controls and a caused turnover. Additionally, Gilroy notched her 200th career draw control.

Mollie Stevens scored a career-high four goals and added an assist for a career-high five points to lead the Gators.

Devon Schneider scored three goals and dished out her first assist of the year to record a career-high-tying four points.

Krista Grabher picked up a career-high three ground balls.

Sam Darcangelo grabbed a career-high seven draw controls, while also tallying a goal, an assist, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Carly Ross scooped up a career-high eight ground balls and tied Nora Barry for the most ground balls in a game this season. Ross also recorded a goal, an assist and two draw controls.

Mary-Sean Wilcox played the firsts complete game of her career, recording a season-high-tying five saves.

As a team, the Gators picked up a season-high 27 ground balls.

Florida dominated in the draw circle, recording 20 draw controls compared to Penn State's four.

Florida improves to 12-2 on the season and 3-0 in the ALC, while Penn State moves to 7-4 for the year and 2-1 in the conference.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.; March 30, 2014 After trailing by seven at the end of the first half, No. 11 Penn State's second-half rally fell short in a 13-9 setback against No. 4 Florida at Donald R. Dizney Stadium Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped the Nittany Lions' (7-4, 2-1 ALC) five-game winning streak, while the Gators improved to 12-2 overall (3-0 ALC).

Sophomore midfielder Madison Cyr (Westminster, Md./3g), who netted at least a hat trick for the third straight game and fifth time in 2014, and junior midfielder Tatum Coffey (Toms River, N.J./2g, 1a) led Penn State with three points each. Junior attacker Maggie McCormick (Eldersburg, Md.) extended her point-scoring streak to 38 games (79-66-145) with a goal and an assist.

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston, Md.), who tied Cyr with a game-high two caused turnovers, added a goal and collected a team-high two draw controls. Senior defender Lauren Purvis (Maple Glen, Pa.) paced the team with three ground balls, while sophomore goalkeeper Emi Smith (Denver, Colo.) turned aside seven shots.

Penn State, which tried to erase a 10-3 halftime deficit with a six-goal second half, was out shot by the Gators by a 35-16 margin. The Nittany Lions held an 11-5 advantage in caused turnovers and went 17 for 19 on clears.

In the first half, McCormick, who took a feed from Coffey, opened the scoring with her 14th marker of the 2014 campaign 2:42 into the contest. The Gators then responded with six straight goals in a less than a nine-minute span for the four-goal lead.

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