UF Roundup: Gators win at least share of Big East regular-season lacrosse title

Tosti captures SEC individual men's golf title


Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8:50 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — Florida's lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the Big East regular-season title Saturday with a 15-5 win over Temple.

It's the third year in a row Florida (14-2, 8-0) has won at least a share of the championship. The Gators will face Georgetown on April 29 for the outright conference championship, as well as the No. 1 seed in the league tournament.

"This was a crucial game for us," UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. "To be able to come on the road late in the season and pick up a conference win like we did today is huge moving forward. I'm really proud of how aggressive we were on both sides of the field, and we'll look to carry that into a big home game vs. Georgetown."

The Gators suffocated Temple (13-3, 6-2) on the defensive end of the field, limiting the Owls to just 12 shot attempts while forcing 21 turnovers. Florida also held a 19-3 edge in the draw circle, led by seven from senior attacker Mollie Stevens.

Defenders Taylor Bresnahan and Aniya Flanagan each forced two turnovers, with Flanagan also recording a ground ball and a draw control. Senior defender Caroline Fitzgerald scooped up three ground balls, passing Nora Barry (141) for the most all-time at Florida.

A trio of hat tricks from Sammi Burgess (four goals), Madi Hall, and Mollie Stevens paced the Gator offense. Hall's three goals were a career-high. Junior attacker Shayna Pirreca added two goals and two assists to round out Florida's attack.

Men's golf: At St. Simons Island, Georgia, Florida had a steady outing in final round of stroke play at the SEC Championship. The Gators shot an even-par 280 to finish stroke play in fourth place to qualify for the new match play portion of the championship. UF will face South Carolina in the first round of match play Sunday.

Alejandro Tosti put together a clean third round, carding three birdies and no bogeys. The three-under 67 put him in a tie for first at 10-under overall. The junior's stroke total of 200 was best on the team this year and is tied for fifth in program history.

In the subsequent playoff with Vanderbilt's Patrick Martin, Tosti and Martin carded fours on the first hole, but on the second hole Tosti was able to clinch the win when he notched a four and Martin posted a five. This is the 21st time that a Gator has won the individual title at the SEC Championship and the first since 2011.

"He's just amazing," UF coach J.C. Deacon said of Tosti. "He's put a lot of time and effort into his game, working on his metal game and maturing and it paid off today, winning the SEC tournament. It's a pretty incredible feat."

Vanderbilt posted the lowest score of the tournament to snare the top seed for the match play portion. The Commodores finished 54 holes of stroke play at 11-under 829, including a blistering 8-under 272 in the final round. Vanderbilt was paced by 4-under 66s from Martin and Theo Humphrey and a 1-under 69 from Matthias Schwab.

Two rounds of match play are slated for Sunday. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the matchups will be Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Missouri, Florida and South Carolina, and LSU and Alabama. The four winners will advance to the second round of match play Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The final two winners will play for the SEC Championship on Monday starting at 7:30 a.m.

Women's golf: At Birmingham, Alabama, the Gators are atop the leaderboard following the second round of the SEC Women's Golf Championship. Florida posted an eight-under (280), to move to 12-under (564) for the tournament. UF finished the day with a five-stroke lead over the 14-team field.

Maria Torres paced the Gators as she stands in a tie for third place at six-under (138). The senior goes into the final round two-strokes off the lead, looking to win the SEC individual title for the second year in a row.

Taylor Tomlinson also had a strong day for the Gators, as she sits in a tie for fifth place at four-under (140). She tied her collegiate-low round score with a four-under (68) in the second round. Meanwhile, Karolina Vlckova and Kelly Grassel both sit inside the top-15, tied for 11th place at one-under (143).

Women's tennis: At Nashville, Tenn., in a dual match filled with momentum shifts, Florida found a way to rally after dropping the first set in singles on four courts to earn a thrilling 4-2 win against Auburn (23-10) in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.

Top-ranked/third seed Florida (23-2) will face No. 1-seeded/No. 2-ranked Vanderbilt, which defeated No. 4-seeded/No. 11-ranked South Carolina in the other semifinal. The title match is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Winning the doubles point for the Gators were Kourtney Keegan-Brooke Austin and Belinda Woolcock-Josie Kuhlman. Singles wins came from Woolcock, Ingrid Neel and Anna Danilina.

"Ingrid (Neel) competed fantastic. Belinda (Woolcock) played a really clean match. Anna (Danilina) was spotty in her performance but fought really hard and played fantastic in the final 10 minutes," UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. "This league is brutal, we know that. I'm just really pleased that we're advancing."

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