No. 6 Florida lacrosse upsets No. 2 Northwestern
In just its second season, the Florida lacrosse team has captured at least a share of the American Lacrosse Conference regular season title.
The No. 6 Gators clinched the No. 1 seed in the ALC Tournament and at least a share of the regular season conference title with a 13-11 upset of No. 2 Northwestern Thursday night in front of 1,518 fans - the second-largest crowd in the team's history.
Florida (13-1, 4-0) finished the season with a perfect 11-0 record and extended its winning streak to 13. Prior to tonight's game, Northwestern (12-1, 2-1) hadn’t lost a regular season ALC contest since May 6, 2004 - a 10-9 overtime loss to Vanderbilt.
Florida's Kitty Cullen led the Gators with six goals, including three of the Gators’ four in the second half. Caroline Chesterman had a hat trick against the Wildcats while Ashley Bruns and Janine Hillier each had two goals. Brittany Dashiell had all of the Gators’ assists, registering three points.
Florida's Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) had 10 saves, including two in the closing minutes when Florida was playing down two players due to yellow cards. Meagher also had two ground balls and a caused turnover.
“We’re just so excited,” Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said. “I have chills, goosebumps. . . I just couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished tonight. We stayed focused when they went on runs. We didn’t let down. The team we are today is certainly not the team who played Northwestern last year.”
[PHOTO: University of Florida Communications Department]