March 8, 2014
Site: Gainesville, Fla. (Southern Oak Stadium)
Score: #5 Florida 20, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (0-4, 0-1 ALC), Florida (7-1, 1-0 ALC)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, March 11 -- vs. Northwestern (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team was overpowered by No. 5 Florida, 20-4, in its American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) opener on Saturday (March 8) at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators opened all scoring early, as Shannon Gilroy scored back-to-back goals at 29:41 and 26:57.
Freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) took the first shot of the day for the Wolverines after receiving a feed from freshmen Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), but her attempt bounced off the right post.
The Gators continued their run, pouring in 10 more goals over the next 15:23, taking a 12-0 lead with 11:34 remaining in the first half.
Freshman Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) stopped Florida's streak of unanswered goals with her goal at the 8:39 mark. The ball was swung left to right behind the cage to freshman Emily Braun (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central), who hit Oberlander cutting through the eight meter for a quick one-time goal.
Less than three minutes later, freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) added an unassisted goal with 6:07 on the clock to cut Florida's lead back to 10, 12-2.
The Gators slipped in another score on a free position shot from the right hash with 17 ticks left in the half to take a 13-2 lead into halftime.
Out of the break, Florida produced two quick goals in the first 2:30 of play to increase its lead to 15-2.
Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) slowed the Gators' momentum with her goal of the game at the 23:57 mark. Schueler drove the left lane and beat UF goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox with a hard bounce shot.
Florida added four more unanswered goals, before freshman Kim Coughlan's (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) first career goal made it 19-4 with 12:08 to play. Coughlan beat a Gator double team at the top of the 12-meter arc and drove middle for the score.
Florida tacked on its final goal at the 7:31 mark to make produce the final score of 20-4, as the Wolverines kept the Gators off the board for the remainder of the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) came up with 10 saves in net for the Wolverines, including seven in the first half.
Michigan will now return home to Ann Arbor to host Northwestern, currently ranked No. 4, on Tuesday (March 11) at 7 p.m. in its first ALC contest at Michigan Stadium.
N O T E S
Michigan head coach Jennifer Ulehla was an assistant coach at Florida under current UF head coach Amanda O'Leary from January 2008-June 2010, prior to taking over the new program in Ann Arbor.