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Florida Athletics | March 30, 2014

No. 4 Florida holds off No. 12 Penn State to remain unbeaten in ALC play

  Florida's Mollie Stevens scored a career-high four goals against Penn State.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Shannon Gilroy and Mollie Stevens scored four goals apiece to lead No. 5 Florida to a 13-9 victory against the No. 12 Penn State on Sunday. Florida (12-2) is now 3-0 in the American Lacrosse Conference and the only team undefeated in ALC play. This also marked the 50th Gator win, and 27th straight, at Dizney Stadium.

Penn State (7-4) scored the first goal of the game, but Florida took control and surged to a 6-1 lead with 13:31 left in the first half. After a couple of goals from the Nittany Lions, the Gators scored four more to take a 10-3 lead just before halftime. Although Penn State outscored Florida 6-3 in the second stanza, the Gators’ first half lead was enough to hold off the Nittany Lions.

“I thought we had a very solid first half, but I’m a little disappointed in the second half," said head coach Amanda O'Leary. "I thought Penn State came out with a solid game plan in the second half and we didn’t adapt very quickly, offensively or defensively, and that’s something we need to work on. It was a fun first half to watch -- the way we took advantage of the opportunities we had to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Gilroy's four goals came off a season-high-tying 13 shots. She also tied her career high of five ground balls while tallying six draw controls and a caused turnover. Additionally, Gilroy notched her 200th career draw control.

Stevens' four goals was a career-high and she added an assist for a career-high five points to lead the Gators. Devon Schneider scored three goals and dished out her first assist of the year to record a career-high-tying four points.

Florida now owns a 5-1 advantage in the series, including a 4-0 record in Gainesville.

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