Box Score May 5, 2018
BOX SCORE | PHOTOS
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The story started out much like the regular season matchup, with Florida jumping out to an early lead on Saturday in the BIG EAST final. However, unlike the April 21 meeting, Denver was not able to mount a comeback and fell to the Florida Gators by the score of 18-6.
Junior draw specialist Maddie Baum tallied a game-high eight draw controls in the game, bringing her single-season total to 94 and giving her the school record for most draw controls in a season. The milestone came with 6:02 left in the game, and broke the record set last season by Ellie Knott. Both Pioneers set the school record in 18 games.
Senior captain Caitlin Derry led the Pioneers in scoring with two goals, while Julia Feiss, Elizabeth Behrins, Riley Eggeman and Molly Little each scored once.
Kendra Lanuza was credited with Denver's only assist on the day, which came on Feiss' goal. The junior attacker also tied her career-high with four ground balls.
Eggeman had a team-high three caused turnovers and goalkeeper Carson Gregg had a team-and career-high five ground balls.
In net, Gregg reached double digits in saves for the seventh time this season and the second time this tournament, stopping 10 shots on the afternoon. The sophomore also had a career-high two caused turnovers.
The Gators had the edge in shots at 37-23 (28-15 in shots on goal), as well as an 11-9 advantage in caused turnovers and 30-22 in ground balls.
Denver was a perfect 16-for-16 in clears, bringing its tournament total to 36-of-36, and won the draw control battle by a margin of 15 to 11.
Florida opened the game with a free-position goal less than five minutes in (26:37) and scored two more times to lead 3-0 less than 10 minutes into the game. The Gators added a fourth goal (18:15) and a fifth goal less than a minute apart (17:43) to put the Pioneers in a five-goal deficit. Florida scored two more quick goals (17:21 and 16:35) to build a seven-goal advantage.
Derry put the Pioneers on the board with 13:38 on the scoreboard, going low right corner to put it past the Florida goalkeeper for the unassisted goal.
The Gators got the goal back with 11:40 remaining and added two more goals to lead 10-1 after 30 minutes.
In the first half, Florida scored four free-position goals on seven chances, and outshot Denver 20-9. In comparison, Denver didn't have a single free-position attempt.
DU scored two of the first three goals in the second half to try to cut into the half time deficit, however, each time Florida got the goal back. Senior Derry opened up the second half with a quick goal on a free-position attempt (29:25) and Feiss continued her goal streak with a goal at the 27:30 mark, taking a pass from Lanuza to make it 11-3 Florida.
UF scored two quick goals 11 seconds apart (23:29 and 23:18) to negate any momentum the Pioneers may have had coming out of the break.
Little tallied a free-position goal with 21:16 remaining in the half, but once again, Florida answered back with a goal.
The Pioneers scored the next two goals in the contest, the first coming from Behrins on a free-position goal (17:28), and Eggeman intercepted a pass by the Florida goalkeeper on a clear and put the ball in the empty net with 12:42 on the scoreboard. It was the first time in the game that Denver has registered consecutive goals.
Florida closed with the last four goals in the game.
In the second half, Denver scored five goals, going 3-for-6 on free-position attempts, and won the draw control battle 11-3.
Elizabeth Behrins, Baum and Derry were all named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. Behrins had a team-high five goals and six points in the tournament, while also picking up four ground balls. Derry had three goals in the tournament, including the first two goals scored by the Pioneers in the final. Baum had a team-high 12 draw controls in the tournament.
2018 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Riley Hill, Marquette
Jules Horning, Marquette
Natalia Lynch, Georgetown
Michaela Bruno, Georgetown
Elizabeth Behrins, Denver
Maddie Baum, Denver
Caitlin Derry, Denver
Lindsey Ronbeck, Florida
Shayna Pirreca, Florida
Cara Trombetta, Florida
Sabrina Cristodero, Florida
Shayna Pirreca, Florida
UP NEXT: The Denver Pioneers will look to get an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament, with the selection show scheduled for Sunday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. MT. The show will be streamed on NCAA.com. Denver's RPI going into the BIG EAST tournament was 17.
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