Women's Lacrosse Falls To No. 3 Florida, 17-7, On Sunday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Redshirt-freshman midfielder Rachel Bowles recorded her first career hat trick but it was not enough as the University at Albany fell to the University of Florida, 17-7, on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Great Danes look to prepare for their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Niagara at 2 p.m.
Bowles, who recorded just two goals in her freshman stint, paced the Great Danes with four goals on five shots on the afternoon. Junior midfielder Allie Phelan, who is recovering from a season-ending injury last season, helped the offense with two goals. Sophomore defender Erin Monna chipped in with a game-best four ground balls and one caused turnover.
Florida (6-0) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first half with 25:25. The Gator's Shannon Gilroy led the charge with two of her game-high five goals during the run.
Bowles helped UAlbany (0-1) cut the deficit to two, 3-1, with her first goal on the day with 19:53 left.
The Gators came back with four-goal run to bring the lead up to six, 7-1, with 14:17 remaining in the half. Ashley Bruns got into the offensive mix with two goals during the stretch.
Bowles, the Cicero, N.Y. native, again stopped the Gators run with her second goal of the game and matched her season-best from last season to bring the Great Danes within five, 7-2, with 9:43 left.
However, Florida went on a 5-1 run to end the half with a nine-goal lead, 12-3. Gilroy and Bruns led the Gator charge with two goals apiece during the run.
Phelan began the second half with her second goal of the contest to bring UAlbany within eight, 12-4, with 28:20 remaining. Following two more Gator goals, Bowles recorded the Great Danes only hat trick at 19:33 to stop the running clock and keep the squad in striking distance.
After Florida's Burns tallied her fourth goal of the contest, UAlbany's Nichole Eamer tallied her first goal of the season with 14:05 remaining in the contest.
The pace of the game slowed down for the final minutes of the contest and Bowles scored her fourth goal of the game with 1:12 remaining to cap the final score at 17-7.
UAlbany junior goalkeeper Anna Berman recorded eight saves on 25 chances, falling to 0-1 on the season. Florida goalkeeper Mikey Meagher tallied two saves on eight chances to record her sixth win on the season.
Florida held a 21-4 draw control advantage due to UAlbany senior attack and main draw control taker Rachael Burek leaving the contest early having fallen with an undisclosed injury. The Gators had a slight upper hand in ground balls, 21-17 over the Great Danes. UAlbany's offense was efficient, tallying seven goals on nine attempts on net.