Lacrosse Travels to No. 3 Florida
April 7, 2017

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team opens a two-game BIG EAST road swing this weekend with a game at No. 3 Florida on Saturday, April 8. The first draw is set for noon at UF’s Donald R. Dizney Stadium. 

The game will feature the top-two scoring offenses in the BIG EAST Conference with Florida leading the way with 16.25 goals per game and the Bearcats in second with 13.17 goals per game. The teams are also 1-2 in ground balls per game (23.00 for Florida and 20.42 for Cincinnati) and both tie at the top of the conference list with 14.50 draw controls per contest.

// UC vs. FLORIDA
Saturday’s game will be the fourth overall meeting between Florida and Cincinnati with the Gators holding a 3-0 lead in the series. UF won the last meeting 17-5 on April 20, 2016, at the Sheakley Athletics Center in Cincinnati. In that game, UC jumped out to a 2-0 lead but could not hold off the No. 2 Gators. Then-freshman Katie Stegmann (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) scored a goal and recorded a team-high three draw controls in the match.  

// SCOUTING THE GATORS
Florida enters the contest as the No. 3 team in both the Inside Lacrosse and Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) polls. The team is 10-2 on the year and a perfect 4-0 in the league and is led by Sammy Burgess with a team-high 51 points on 23 goals and 28 assists. Overall, five UF players have scored at least 20 goals this season including Mollie Stevens’s league-high 41. Shayna Pirreca (35), Lindsey Ronbeck (34), Sydney Pirreca (23) and Burgess (23) round out the scoring leaders.


 

 

// FRESHMAN PHENOM
Monica Borzillo earned her league-leading fourth BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week honor on Monday after setting three program records during a 21-3 victory over Butler on April 1. 

The Devon, Pennsylvania, native recorded 10 points on four goals and six assists against the Bulldogs, leading the UC offense to its largest win in program history. She also added two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Bearcats. She became the only player in school history to collect 10 points in a single game and tied her own mark with six assists.

Borzillo’s first record of the day came less than a minute into the game when she assisted on a goal by sophomore Amanda Donovan (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy). It marked her 53rd point of the season, breaking the previous single-season point record of 52 points which was set by Laura Simanski in 2009.

She also broke the single-season assists record when she notched her 28th of the year on another goal by Donovan in the second half. Her six total assists in the game put her season total at 30 with six games remaining.

Borzillo currently ranks sixth in the NCAA with 2.58 assists per game and 31 total assists and seventh with 5.25 points per game and 63 total points.