• Score: #19 Florida-16, #22 Johns Hopkins-9
• Records: JHU (10-8) • UF (14-6)
• Location: Chapel Hill, NC • UNC Lacrosse and Soccer Stadium
• The Short Story: Florida used a 7-1 run in the second half to take control of the game en route to a 16-9 win over the 22nd-ranked Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
How it Happened
• Florida jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the game’s opening 10 minutes with Sydney Pirreca accounting for half of the Gators’ goals during the opening spree.
• Sophomore Aurora Cordingley got the Blue Jays on the board with a highlight-reel goal. The Blue Jays were clearing and with the goalie well out of position, Cordingley fired on the cage from midfield and scored at the 17:02-mark. That ignited a spurt of four goals in just three minutes and seven seconds. Senior Nicole DeMase then scored on the doorstep off a cross-crease pass from junior Maggie Schneidereith.
• Senior Miranda Ibello found Cordingley on the doorstep for the one-timer at 14:39 to cut the deficit in half. Cordingley then found a cutting DeMase in the left alley, who turned and fired to make it a 6-4 game with 13:55 to go in the half.
• Shannon Kavanagh ended the Hopkins’ run with a sidearm shot off the alley dodge just 33 seconds later. Caroline May then converted a free position shot and Florida led 8-4 with 8:07 to play in the half. Cordingley had the final say of the half however, making it a three goal game at the break. She picked up a rebound at the restraining opposing restraining line and went all the way to the cage for the score with 29.9 seconds remaining.
• Lindsey Ronbeck opened the second-half scoring to push the Gators’ lead to four. The Blue Jays answered with back-to-back goals from Cordingley and redshirt senior Ellie McNulty to cut the deficit back to two. Florida came right back with a three-goal run, in two and a half minutes, to push out to a 12-7 lead with 18:19 to play.
• Hopkins ended the run with a goal from Schneidereith at the 17:02-mark. DeMase earned a free position but instead of shooting, passed to Schneidereith who scored from the doorstep.
What it Means
• Hopkins falls to 1-7 all-time against Florida. Today’s game was the first meeting between the two since 2014 and the first in the NCAA Tournament.
• With her first goal of the afternoon, DeMase notched the 100th point of her career. She is the fourth active Blue Jay with 100 or more career points joining Ibello, Schneidereith and McNulty.
• Cordingley’s five goals are a school record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game. In addition, her six points are tied for the second most in an NCAA Tournament game.
Johns Hopkins Leaders
• Points: Cordingley (6)
• Goals: Cordingley (5)
• Assists: Four with (1)
• Draw Controls: McNulty (6)
• Ground Balls: Rix (4)
• Caused Turnovers: Seven with (1)
• Saves: Crosson (4)
• Points: Kavanagh (8)
• Goals: Kavanagh (5)
• Assists: Kavanagh (3), Pirreca (3)
• Draw Controls: Ronbeck (6)
• Ground Balls: Hicklen (4), Cristodero (4)
• Caused Turnovers: Benitez (2), Trombetta (2)
• Saves: Hicklen (8)