Author’s Note: Former Barron Collier star Olivia Ferrucci, who has overcome two ACL injuries, led North Carolina with 3G/2A. It’s great to see her back healthy and contributing like this!
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No.16 Florida Gators rallied late, but it was not enough to over the third-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, dropping the 11-9 decision on Saturday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Sabrina Cristodero had the tough task of marking UNC’s leading scorer, Jamie Ortega, and she held her to 1-of-7 shooting on the day. Cara Trombetta was on Katie Hoeg, holding the Tar Heels’ second-best scorer to 1-of-3 during the game. Trombetta also recorded two caused turnovers in the game.
Cristodero led the way in the draw circle, coming up with six wins on the day.
Haley Hicklen notched 11 saves on the day, registering a .500 saves percentage. The senior goalie has now recorded double-digit saves in four games.
How It Happened
The first half was one of spurts and that all started when UNC got out to the early lead at The Diz, going up 2-0 on the Gators, but Florida answered with a 3-0 run of its own.
Ronbeck then found a cutting Shannon Kavanagh, who found the back of the net to give Florida its first lead the day at 3-2.
The Tar Heels strung together a run of their own to follow Florida’s, going up 7-3 with five minutes to go in the first half. Sydney PIrreca fired a shot into the cage to bring Florida to within three goals at 7-4, but UNC added one right before the half to take the 8-4 lead into the locker room.
North Carolina came into the second half firing, taking an 11-4 lead with 25 minutes remaining in the game. The Gators kept fighting, going on a 5-0 run to get the game to within two at 11-9.
Grace Haus then added her name to the scoring column, registering her own set of back-to-back goals to cut the Gator deficit to two at 11-9 with 4:38 remaining, but North Carolina held the Gators scoreless for the remainder of the game to secure the victory.
No. 16 Florida (3-5, 0-0)
No. 3 North Carolina (7-1, 1-0)