NCAA D1 Women: Gators Face Road Test Against Syracuse in NCAA Quarterfinals

 

via UF press release

 

Sixth-seeded Florida takes on the third-seeded Orange for a trip to the Final Four.

Game Notes | Full NCAA Bracket

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The sixth-seeded Florida lacrosse team has its eyes set on the program’s second Final Four berth in history when the team takes on the third-ranked Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon.

Opening draw is slated for 2 p.m. on ESPN3 with Corey Spector and Samantha Croston on the call. The game can also be heard on FloridaGators.com/watch with Sean Salisbury on the call.

No. 6 seed Florida vs. No. 3 seed Syracuse Live Stream | No. 6 seed Florida vs. No. 3 seed Syracuse Radio Stream

Florida and Syracuse have faced off 11 prior times in program history, with two of those meetings coming in the postseason (2012, 2013). The Orange hold the 7-4 series advantage.

The Gators are coming off a stellar 17-3 victory over the 17th-ranked Jacksonville Dolphins, while Syracuse thwarted No. 9 Loyola 20-8 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal.

Records

6-seed Florida (18-2, 10-0 AAC)
3-seed Syracuse (15-3, 8-2 ACC)

No. 6 Seed Florida vs. No. 3 Seed Syracuse Broadcast Information

Time & Date: Saturday, May 22 | 2:00 p.m.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Live Stats: NCAA.com
Radio: FloridaGators.com/watch

Series Information – No. 6 Seed Florida vs. No. 3 Seed Syracuse
Orange | 2021 season: 15-3, 8-2 ACC 

  • This is the 12th meeting between the Gators and the Orange
  • Syracuse holds the 7-4 series advantage
  • Home: 2-3 | Away: 1-3 | Neutral: 1-1
  • Last Meeting: March 13, 2019 | Gainesville, Fla. | L, 13-14

 

Fan Information

  • Due to limited spacing at the SU Soccer Stadium, tickets will not be available for purchase to the event
  • Each participating school will receive a limited number of tickets to allocate to the guests of their participating student-athletes and coaches only
  • Fans can watch the game on ESPN3 or listen to the broadcast on FloridaGators.com/watch

 

The Matchup By The Numbers

  • The Gators are 1-3 in Syracuse, N.Y., with all four games being played in the Dome. Saturday’s contest will be held at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium
  • Both teams are ranked in the top-16 in scoring offense – Florida is third with 17.20 goals per game, while Syracuse is 16th with 15.00 goals per game
  • Both squads are ranked in the top-10 in scoring defense as the Gators are second, only allowing 6.50 goals per game. The Orange are tied for 10th in the nation, holding teams to 9.39 goals per game
  • Each of the teams are also nationally ranked in the top-10 in assists per game (SU – 5th, 8.56 | UF – 9th, 7.95), points per game (UF – 5th, 25.15 | SU – 9th, 23.56) and shot percentage (UF – 3rd, .511 | SU – 7th, .495)

 

Scouting the Orange

  • Syracuse comes into Saturday’s game as the No. 3 seed and the Orange are also ranked third in the IWLCA poll
  • Against ranked opponents this season, the Orange are 9-3
  • Through the season thus far, seven Syracuse players have totaled more than 20 points, including 96 points out of Meaghan Tyrrell (59g, 37a). The rest break down as follows: Megan Carney (49g, 20a), Emma Ward (32g, 25a), Emma Tyyrell (34g, 12a), Sierra Cockerille (21g, 25a), Sam Swart (34g, 7a) and Emily Ehle (7g, 15a)
  • Ella Simkins and Katelyn Mashewske control the draw circle for the Orange, coming up with 70 and 67 draws, respectively, this season. Emma Tyyrell has tallied 36 draws of her own, while Sierra Cockerille has added 15 in the 2021 campaign
  • Defensively, the Orange average 9.00 caused turnovers per game. Four Syracuse players have recorded at least 10 caused turnovers this season: Ella Simkins (31), Sarah Cooper (31), Kerry Defliese (25), Grace Fahey (12)
  • Asa Goldstock has a majority of time in the cage this season, totaling 1000:52. She has allowed 154 goals and recorded 128 saves for a .454 save percentage. She has all 18 decisions for Syracuse at 15-3
  • The Orange earned an at-large bid after finishing the regular season 14-3 and 8-2 in the ACC
  • The tournament berth marks the 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and the 12th under Gary Gait

 

Coach O’Leary’s Insight

  • “This team is running on all cylinders. They are playing their best lacrosse and we saw that this past weekend – hoping that momentum carries us into this weekend. Overall, we have seen such a different level of focus this week going into practice. It is fun to watch and it is really fun to coach. They are great kids both on and off the field. You want to talk about a special team – this is a special team.”

 

Quick Facts

  • The Gators sit at 10-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
  • Florida’s 18 wins are the second-highest total in program history – the Gators look to tie the record of 19 wins against the Orange on Saturday
  • Earlier this week, five Gators were tabbed as IWLCA All-Region honorees
  • When scoring at least 14 goals, the Gators are 151-2 (.987)
  • Shannon Kavanagh is just seven points away from becoming just the third Gator to record 300 career points
  • Grace Haus is just eight points away from becoming the 11th Gator to record 200 career points
  • Brianna Harris is just three assists away from claiming the program record for most assists in a season (46). She is just two away from tying the current record (Sammi Burgess – 45)
  • Harris is just four assists away from claiming the program record for most assists in a career (95). She is just three away from tying the current record (Ashley Bruns – 94)
  • Streaking: Shannon Kavanagh’s streak of 47 consecutive games with a goal is the longest in program history
  • Streaking: Kavanagh also has a streak of 47 consecutive games with a point – the second-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Brianna Harris has recorded a point in 40-straight games, the fourth-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Harris has also registered an assist in 14-straight games, the second-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Kaitlyn Dabkowski has tallied a groundball in 15 consecutive games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Grace Haus has recorded a goal in 20-straight games, tied for the fifth-longest streak in program history
  • Streaking: Sarah Reznick has recorded a save in 28-straight games tied for the fifth-longest streak in program history

 

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