via UF press release – photo by Anna Carrington
Florida remains unbeaten in conference play and hands Vanderbilt its first loss in the league
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Two weather delays did not bother the ninth-ranked Florida lacrosse team as the squad handed Vanderbilt its first conference loss, topping the Commodores 17-7 on Friday evening at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Gators remain undefeated in conference play, moving to 7-0 in the AAC and 10-2 overall, while Vanderbilt drops to 11-3 overall and 6-1 in conference play.
Once again, Florida had a plethora of goal scorers on the evening, with Brianna Harris leading the way with five goals – tying her career-best mark. Shannon Kavanagh added a hat trick of her own with three goals, while Grace Haus, Paisley Eagan and Danielle Pavinelli each notched two goals apiece in the game.
Maggi Hall, Ashley Gonzalez and Shelton Sawers each found the back of the cage once for Florida.
Kassidy Bresnahan and Haus both dished out two helpers in the game – the two assists are a career-best mark for Bresnahan. Hall, Harris and Kavanagh each added an assist of their own in the game.
Florida dominated the draw circle, coming up with 18-of-26 draws on the evening. Kavanagh posted a season-high 11 draw controls in the game, followed by six from Eagan.
The Gators held Vanderbilt to just 7-of-17 shooting and the trio of Cara Trombetta, Kaitlyn Dabkowski and Emma Wightman kept three of the top scorers for the Commodores to just 2-of-8 shooting on the day.
Florida recorded 10 caused turnovers as a team, led by two apiece from Becky Browndorf and Wightman.
Haus and Sarah Reznick each registered a team-high three groundballs, while Wightman and Eagan each posted two on the evening.
Reznick was once again lights out in the cage, coming up with six saves and allowing only four goals for a .600 save percentage.
The Gators close out the series with Vanderbilt on Sunday at 11 a.m. The game will serve as Florida’s Senior Day for the eight graduating seniors. Should Florida win on Sunday, the team would clinch at least a share of the regular season AAC Championship.
No. 9 Florida (10-2, 7-0 AAC)
Vanderbilt (11-3, 6-1 AAC)
How It Happened
- After two rain delays, the Gators came out swinging, taking the 3-0 lead after less than six minutes played. Brianna Harris started the stretch with a goal at the 26:46 mark, followed by Grace Haus’ first goal of the day just 45 seconds later.
- Shelton Sawers found the back of the cage on a free-position goal, before Vanderbilt netted their first goal of the game with 21:23 left in the first.
- The Gators tacked on three more goals over the course of four minutes, with Harris notching her second goal of the day before Shannon Kavanagh went back-to-back with two of her own to put Florida up 6-1 with just over 15 minutes left in the frame.
- The Commodores got one back to cut Florida’s lead to four at 6-2, but Kavanagh tallied her 10th hat trick of the season to put the Gators up 7-2 with 11:15 left in the half.
- Ashley Gonzalez netted her first goal of the game on a pass from Haus and then Haus followed with a goal of her own to put the Gators up 9-2. Vanderbilt got one back before the half, but Florida took the 9-3 lead into the locker room.
- Florida came charging out halftime, scoring eight-straight goals to give the Gators the 17-3 advantage with 14:25 left in the game.
- Maggi Hall kicked off the run, notching her first goal of the day just 44 seconds into the frame. Paisley Eagan followed with a goal of her own to put the Gators up eight with 28:49 remaining in the game.
- Harris went on a mini-run of her own, scoring three-straight to secure the running clock for Florida. Danielle Pavinelli kept the Gators rolling, scoring her first goal with 18:56 left in the game.
- Eagan found the back of the cage for the second time, followed by Pavinelli’s second goal to give the Gators their largest lead of the game at 17-3.
- Vanderbilt closed out the final 10 minutes on a 4-0 run to pull within 10, but the Gators earned the 17-7 victory on their home field.
Insight from O’Leary
On the strong start
- “That is exactly what we wanted coming out of the locker room. Draw controls were a key part of our victory today and Shannon [Kavanagh], Brianna [Harris] and Paisley [Eagan] did a phenomenal job coming up with the draws, giving us possession of the ball, which is all we could ask for.”
- Harris tied her career-high with five goals
- Bresnahan recorded a career-best two assists
- Eagan registered a career-high six draw controls
- The Gators improve to 11-2 against Vanderbilt in the all-time series
- Florida improves to 6-1 against the Commodores in Gainesville, Fla.
- The Gators improve to 114-5 (.958) against teams not ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 Poll
- Florida is now 102-19 (.843) in program history
- When scoring at least 14 goals, the Gators are 143-2 (.986) in program history
- With her 11 draw controls, Shannon Kavanagh inched closer to first in the record books. She currently sits at 298 and Shannon Gilroy holds the record at 303
- With her one groundball, Cara Trombetta inched closer to first in the record books. She currently sits at 179 and Haley Hicklen holds the record at 194.
- Streaking: Shannon Kavanagh’s 39 consecutive games with a goal is the second-longest streak in program history (Record – 40 games, Shayna Pirreca)
- She looks to tie the record on Sunday against Vanderbilt
- Streaking: Shannon Kavanagh’s 39 consecutive games with a point is the fifth-longest streak in program history
- Streaking: Sarah Reznick has tallied a groundball in 16-straight games, the fourth-longest streak in program history
- Streaking: Brianna Harris has recorded a point in 32-straight games, tied for the sixth-longest streak in program history
- The Gators close out the series with Vanderbilt on Sunday at 11 a.m.
- Sunday will serve as Senior Day for Florida’s eight seniors
No. 9 Florida vs. Vanderbilt Broadcast Information – April 18
Time & Date: Sunday, April 18 | 11 a.m.
Live Stream: YouTube
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
Series Information – No. 9 Florida vs. Vanderbilt
Commodores | 2021 season: 11-3, 6-1 AAC
- This is the 14th meeting between the Gators and Commodores
- Florida holds the 11-2 series advantage
- Home: 6-1 | Away: 4-0 | Neutral: 1-1
- Last Meeting: April 16, 2021 | Gainesville, Fla. | W, 17-7
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