Florida scores seven consecutive goals to beat Loyola Maryland 14-13
BALTIMORE -- Junior Nora Barry and No. 5 Florida overcame a four-goal deficit to rally and defeat No. 12 Loyola Maryland 14-13 on Tuesday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. Barry led the Gators with a season-high five goals; most importantly, finding the back of the net with the game-winning goal with 37 seconds on the clock.
Florida led by three, 9-6, with 21:20 left to play and looked poised to run away with the game, much like they have all season. However, Loyola increased the intensity of the game and scored seven consecutive goals to take a 13-9 lead with 12:21 remaining.
The Florida offense was sparked by a goal from Shannon Gilroy with 11:45 on the clock and the Gators proceeded to score the final four points of the game. Barry scored her 100th career point to tie the score at 13-13 with 4:22 to play and after running a stall offense, scored the game winning goal to seal the victory.
Nora Barry tallied a season-high five goals, including her 100th career point and the game winning goal. She also registered two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Shannon Gilroy scored four goals and added two assists for a team-leading six points. She also had a three draw controls, a ground ball and two caused turnovers. Carly Ross notched three goals and an assist for four points, while recording two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a ground ball. Sammi Burgess rounded out the scoring for Florida with two goals and an assist, while also picking up a draw control.
Mary-Sean Wilcox picked up the first win of her career, entering the game with 15 minutes remaining and allowing just two goals.
Florida improves to 6-1 on the season, while Loyola moves to 2-3.