Photos/Recap: No. 4 Florida Rallies to Edge No. 13 Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD Shannon Gilroy, the nation's leading scorer, scored seven second-half goals to lead fourth-ranked Florida to a 10-9 come-from-behind win over host and 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon.

Photos of the game by James Mackey appear on the final two pages of this post.

The Blue Jays slip to 10-2 overall and 1-2 in the ALC with both their losses coming by just one goal. The Gators win their fifth straight to improve to 13-2 overall and at 4-0 in the league, they are the only unbeaten team left in the ALC.

Hopkins took a two-goal lead on Florida four times over the game's opening 38 minutes, but the Gators responded each time and never let the lead grew to three. The Blue Jays led 4-2 at the half, thanks in part to a 5-2 advantage at the draw and a patient offense. Gilroy got the Gators on the board quickly to start the second, scoring just 59 seconds in as she scored top-shelf off a hard dodge down the right alley.

Just one minute later, senior Taylor D'Amore answered to push the lead back to two at 5-3. She faked a pass at the top of the arc and then dodged down the left alley before beating Mary-Sean Wilcox high-to-low from seven yards out.

Sam Darcangelo got that one back for Florida 45 seconds later on an off-shoulder shot on free position at 27:16. After combining for three goals in less than two minutes, the teams slowed the pace a little offensively. Junior Jen Cook pushed the Blue Jays lead back to two with her only goal of the game at 22:41.

D'Amore scooped up a loose ball behind the cage and with the Gator defense scrambling, found Cook wide open on the left post for a quick-stick goal. Gilroy responded with back-to-back goals less than two minutes apart to tie the game at six goals apiece with 20:11 to play.

Senior Sammy Cermack gave Hopkins back the lead a little less than three minutes later with the first of her two goals in the half. From right goal line extended, D'Amore slipped a pass to Cermack on the opposite post for the quick score. But Gilroy once again responded, scoring three straight goals, including a pair on free position, to stake Florida to a 9-7 lead with 5:21 to play.

Hopkins won the ensuing draw and needed less than a minute to pull within one on another Cermack goal. Sophomore Dene' DiMartino, from the top of the arc, passed wide right to Cermack in the right alley. Fading to her right, Cermack blew a shot past Wilcox inside the left post from a tough angle.

Hopkins once again won the draw and the Blue Jays nearly had a one-on-one chance at the goal, but Cook couldn't pull in D'Amore's long pass and the Gators took over possession. Florida cleared and ran nearly three minutes off the clock before Gilroy scored an empty-net goal at 1:10 to give the Gators a two-goal cushion.

The Blue Jays once again came up with the draw and needed just over 11 seconds to make it a one-goal game. D'Amore fed a quick pass to sophomore Maddy Aldave, who was wide open in the slot for the easy goal. Florida won the draw and looked to run out the clock but junior Octavia Williams checked the ball from Darcangelo and freshman Haley Schweizer bounced on the ground ball. With just 4.2 seconds to play, Hopkins called timeout but with the ball in the midfield there wasn't enough time to get the equalizer.

Hopkins took an early one-goal lead with an impressive goal from D'Amore, the first of her four on the afternoon, at the 26:13-mark. Cook, behind the cage, fed the ball to D'Amore in the right alley, and she fired a behind-the-back shot past Wilcox as she was knocked to the turf. Just over eight minutes later, senior Sarah Taylor scored off a restart just outside the eight meter to give JHU a 2-0 lead with 17:49 to play in the half. Carly Ross and Devon Schneider pulled the Gators even with consecutive goals, spaced more than eight minutes apart, to tie the game at two apiece with 4:16 to go.

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2014-04-05



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