BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- Courtney Lenner (Sr., Miami, Fla.) of the University of Florida scored twice in the Gators four games at the Southeast Division Championship, but made her final goal of the team's last division contest count netting the game-winner in an 8-7 victory over the University of Central Florida at home in "The Swamp" to claim the division title. For her performance, she claims accolades as the April 18 Southeast Division Player of the Week.
She aided the Gators in downing the University of Florida "B" (12-1 W), Emory Universitiy (16-3 W) and Florida State University (9-5 W) before figuring in the outcome of the division title game.
Lenner broke a 1-1 tie with 3:21 remaining in the first period of the title game to stake the Gators to an early lead, but saw the margin evaporate into a 3-3 tie by the end of the frame. Leading 4-3 at halftime, Florida could not put UCF away as the teams went to the sides knotted at 6-6 through three periods of play.
Playing back-and-forth for the first half of the fourth period, the Gators broke through with a goal by Sarah Wright (Jr., Oviedo, Fla.) with 3:48 remaining on the clock to take a 7-6 lead. Lenner tacked on the eventual game-winner over 90 seconds later with a tally at 2:14 to stake the Gators to a two-goal lead before UCF pulled to within one to set the final score with 1:55 remaining in the contest.
Lenner, Wright and the rest of the Gators will continue the season in two weeks at the National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The berth to the National Collegiate Club Championship marks the first since 2008 for Florida and the program's ninth Southeast Division crown in 11 seasons.