[3/3] Florida Outpaces [13/13] Denver, 15-8
Schreck pots hat trick in first BIG EAST loss for Pioneers
March 25, 2017
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The [13/13] University of Denver women's lacrosse program faced the tall task of tackling [3/3] Florida on Saturday, but couldn't find the winning combination as the Pioneers (7-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) fell 15-8 to the Gators (8-1, 2-0 BIG EAST) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
"We learned a lot today about what we need to work on," said head coach Liza Kelly. "I thought our seniors really stepped up their play to put us in position to compete but we need to convert on our offensive opportunities."
Sophomore Audrey Schreck led Denver after burying her first hat trick of the season, ending with three goals on three shots, while classmate Julia Feiss potted a pair of markers to help power the offense.
Senior Layne Voorhees was one of three DU defenders with a pair of caused turnovers on the day, adding six ground balls and one draw control to her total, while the senior duo of Kennedy Milburn and Hunter Gray hounded the Gator attack to get two caused turnovers apiece as Milburn posted a trio of ground balls to Gray's two.
Senior Maddy Stevenson took the decision for the visitors, making 11 saves in 60 minutes of action.
Florida was led by Mollie Stevens as the senior put away five goals for the Gators, adding four ground balls and six draw controls in the process, while Shayna Pirreca led all scorers with six points on three goals and three assists. Taylor Bresnahan anchored the defense with four caused turnovers while Haley Hicklen took the win with 12 saves between the pipes.
Both sides were scoreless in the opening seven minutes of the contest before Sammie Burgess found the back of the net for the hosts at the 22:51 mark, but Denver responded quickly as senior Emily Conway found the open look at 21:26 and followed up with a goal from Schreck on the feed from junior Riley Eggeman for a 2-1 Pioneer advantage at the 20:39 mark.
The lead was short-lived for DU as Florida responded with three straight goals by 13:52 before Schreck rifled home her second of the day at 13:02 for a 4-3 deficit, yet the Pioneers were held scoreless through the remainder of the stanza as the Gators closed the frame with five straight goals and a 9-3 lead heading into the locker rooms.
The scoring drought continued for DU at the start of the backend as UF added its sixth unanswered goal at 19:15 before Denver ended the lull at 17:54 when senior Casey White grounded a shot past Hicklen, followed by Feiss' first marker and Schreck's hat trick to cut Florida's lead to 10-6 with 15:33 remaining.
Unfortunately, DU couldn't get any closer as the Gators closed the contest on a 5-2 run for a 15-8 final to hand the Pioneers their second loss of the season.
Denver will return to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium next week with a BIG EAST contests against Connecticut on Sunday, April 2, with opening draw set for 12 p.m. MT.
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