UF: Gators Head to Louisville for 2021 Season Opener

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via UF press release

 

The eighth-ranked Florida lacrosse team hits the road for the first game since March 10, 2020.

Game Notes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The No. 8 Florida lacrosse team is set to make its 2021 debut at Louisville on Saturday.

Opening draw is set for 11:30 a.m. at UofL Lacrosse Stadium on the ACC Network Extra.

This is the first time the Gators will take the field since March 10, 2020 – the last game before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No. 8 Florida at Louisville Live Stream

This is the first meeting between the Gators and the Cardinals in program history.

Florida is coming off a 6-2 season in 2020, including a 4-2 record against teams ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 Poll. Louisville finished the 2020 campaign with a 5-4 record, including going 0-2 in ACC play.

O’Leary’s Insight

On getting back onto the field….
We are very excited to get back out there. Obviously last year having the season canceled midway through left a void in all of us. Hopefully getting started this year will fill that void and we are ready to go.”

On the team….
“I am really pleased with what we are doing at practice every day. The kids are working hard and we are starting to come together and get back in the groove of things. We have great leadership – you look at Cara TrombettaShannon KavanaghKaitlyn Dabkowski and Bri Harris – they have done a phenomenal job of leading this young team. Through the current climate of COVID, it is tough, but they have done a fantastic job.”

Scouting the Cardinals

  • Louisville enters the 2021 season after a 5-4 campaign in the shortened 2020 season. The squad went 0-2 in ACC play before the season was shut down due to COVID-19
  • This is the first meeting between these two squads in program history
  • The Cardinals are returning their two leadings scorers in Hannah Morris (21 goals, 4 assists) and Ally Hall (18 goals, 6 assists).
  • Alex McNicholas and Megan Mangines lead the way in the draw circle for Louisville, recording 32 and 25 draw controls, respectively
  • Rachel Florek returns to the cage for the Cardinals after a 2020 season where she recorded 95 saves and a .503 save percentage in nine starts

 

Preseason Accolades

  • The Gators were picked as the No. 8 team in the nation in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Preseason Poll
  • Florida swept the four major Preseason American Athletic Awards: Brianna Harris was named Attacker of the Year, Shannon Kavanagh was named Midfielder of the Year, Cara Trombetta was named Defensive Player of the Year and Sarah Reznick was named Goalkeeper of the Year
  • Six Gators were named Preseason All-AAC selections: Kaitlyn DabkowskiBrianna HarrisGrace HausShannon KavanaghSarah Reznick and Cara Trombetta
  • Kavanagh and Trombetta earned Inside Lacrosse Division I Preseason All-America honors (Trombetta – First Team; Kavanagh – Second Team). Harris and Reznick earned Inside Lacrosse Division I Preseason Honorable Mention All-America honors
  • Kavanagh and Trombetta were tabbed as US Lacrosse Magazine All-Americans, selected as two members of the 13-player First Team squad

 

No. 8 Florida at Louisville Broadcast Information

Time & Date: Saturday, Feb. 13 | 11:30 a.m.
Live Stream: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: Statbroadcast

Series Information – No. 8 Florida at Louisville

Cardinals | 2020 season synopsis: 5-4 overall, 0-2 ACC

  • This is the first meeting between the Gators and the Cardinals

 

Quick Facts

  • One Gator is on a quest to hit the 200-point mark this season, with Shannon Kavanagh sitting at 198 points
  • Amanda O’Leary is the sixth winningest active Division I coach with her .750 winning percentage in 25 seasons (330-110)
  • O’Leary has the fourth most wins of active Division I coaches with 330 and is 168-45 (.789) at Florida
  • Florida is 106-4 (.964) against opponents not ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 poll in program history
  • When scoring at least 14 goals, the Gators are 133-2 (.985) in program history
  • Since 2011, Florida has the third-most wins (158) of any Division I women’s lacrosse team

 

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