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UF: Gators Start Bulk of Big East Play with Vanderbilt on Saturday

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via press release – photo via UF web site   GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After wrapping up non-conference play Wednesday, the University of Florida women’s lacrosse team (8-2, 2-0) returns home to host BIG EAST rival Vanderbilt (5-3, 2-0) on Saturday. The Gators and Commodores will be meeting for the ninth time, with Florida holding a 6-2 advantage in the series. Florida has won its past six games against Vanderbilt after dropping both contests in its inaugural season (2010). The opening draw is set for 12 P.M. from Donald R. Dizney Stadium. A live stream of the game will be available via YouTube, with Daniel Gillman and Connor Buckridge on the call. No. 3 Florida vs. Vanderbilt Live Stream No. 3 Florida played seven ranked opponents in its first 10 games, finishing with a 5-2 record in those contests. Three Gators have recorded at least 40 points this season (Sammi Burgess, Shayna Pirreca, and Mollie Stevens). The Gator defense has held eight of 10 opponents under their season scoring average, and boasts 187 combined starts between Taylor Bresnahan, Caroline Fitzgerald, Aniya Flanagan and Cara Trombetta. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Hicklen ranks 22nd in the NCAA with 91 saves. Vanderbilt has dropped a pair of games to ranked opponents this season: No. 16 Elon and No. 20 Louisville. Senior attacker Jill Doherty (15 goals, 18 assists) and senior goalkeeper Callahan Kent (39 saves, .476 save percentage) lead the Commodores. Record Breaking Season The following single-season record are on pace to be broken this season:
Record Category Current Through 10 Games
21.95 (2012) Points per Game 22.70
15.52 (2015) Goals per Game 15.80
6.63 (2012) Assists per Game 6.90
31 – Ashley Bruns (2010) Single-Season Assists 22 – Sammi Burgess
48 – Nora Barry (2012) Single-Season Ground Balls 29 – Caroline Fitzgerald
83 – Shannon Gilroy (2012) Single-Season Draw Controls 56 – Mollie Stevens
26 – Taylor Bresnahan (2016) Single-Season Caused Turnovers 14 – T. Bresnahan & M. Stevens
145 – Mikey Meagher (2012) Single-Season Saves 91 – Haley Hicklen
Head Coach Amanda O’Leary: “Really looking forward to playing Vanderbilt tomorrow. We’ve been playing them ever since the inception of our program, and it’s always a good, competitive game. They (Vanderbilt) will come in here well-prepared, and it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to play another great team in front of our fans.” No. 3 Florida vs. Vanderbilt Broadcast Information Time: 12 P.M. Live Stream: YouTube Live Stats: Sidearm Stats Pregame Notes Series Information
  • Saturday’s game will be the ninth meeting between Florida and Vanderbilt
  • Florida leads: 6-2
  • Home: 3-1 | Away: 3-0 | Neutral: 0-1
  • Last Time Out: March 26, 2016 at Florida | W, 16-2
Quick Facts
  • The Gators have won 13 straight BIG EAST games dating back to the 2015 season
  • Caroline Fitzgerald is just seven ground balls away from becoming Florida’s all-time ground balls leader
  • Sammi Burgess needs 14 points to become the fifth Gator to amass 200 career points
  • #PirrecaPower: Pirreca sisters Shayna and Sydney have combined to score 34% (54/158) of Florida’s goals this season
  • The Gators own a 73-11 (.869) record all-time at Donald R. Dizney Stadium
Fan Information Admission is FREE to all regular season Florida lacrosse home games. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive a Hawaiian print snapback hat! Up Next The Gators will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. on April 5 for a 1 P.M. tilt with BIG EAST foe Marquette (3-7, 1-1). Follow the Gators #FLax Twitter Instagram Facebook