via UF press release – photo by Allison Curry
Amanda O’Leary’s Post-Game Comments: LINK
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The 17th-ranked Gators celebrated their 22-11 win over Brown with fireworks at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Tuesday night.
led the way on the offensive front, scoring six goals on the night. That marked her eighth hat trick or better this season. Shannon Kavanagh
followed with five goals of her own, tying her career-best, while Madi Hall
added a career-high four goals against the Bears.
On Kavanagh’s second goal of the night, the sophomore hit the 100 career point mark, becoming just the 16th Gator to do so. She reached that milestone in 32 games, which makes her the third fastest Florida player to achieve that mark.
finished the game with seven points (2 goals and 5 assists). The five assists set a new single-game record for Florida and is a career-best mark for Harris.
The Gators controlled the draw circle against Brown, winning 21-of-34 draws. Harris led the way with 10 draw controls, a career-best for her, as well as the fourth-best total in program history. Sabrina Cristodero
and Shannon Kavanagh
followed up with five and four draws, respectively.
Florida’s defense came up with eight caused turnovers on the night, including a season-best four from Cara Trombetta.
The four caused turnovers by Trombetta put her at 87 for her career, tying her for the most in Florida’s program history.
How it Happened
Brown hopped out to the early 1-0 lead, but Madi Hall
evened it all up at one apiece on an assist from Brianna Harris
. The Bears continued their strike, getting up 3-1 at the 24:36 mark, but the Gators went on a spurt of their own to take the 4-3 lead.
got the run started on a free-position goal, while Shannon Kavanagh
tied the game at 3-3 on an unassisted drive to the cage. Florida took its first lead of the game at 4-3 thanks to a Lindsey Ronbeck
The Bears went on a 2-0 run to regain the lead at 5-4, but the Gators strung together an 8-1 run to end the first half, taking a 12-6 lead into the locker room.
During the run, Ronbeck scored four times – once on a free-position attempt and the other three on assists from Harris (2) and Hall.
Hall also scored twice for Florida during the 8-1 run, while Kavanagh and Haus each added one apiece.
Coming out of the half, Kavanagh scored back-to-back goals, extending Florida’s lead to 14-6. Brown answered back, cutting the deficit to seven, but the Gators continued their offensive attack, going on a 5-2 stretch to take the 19-8 lead.
Harris led the way on that run, scoring two goals, while Caroline Benitez,
Haus and Ronbeck each added one.
Brown cut the lead back down to nine goals with seven minutes remaining in the game, but Florida closed out the night with a 3-1 run to secure the 22-11 victory. Hall, Kavanagh and Eddy Shoop
combined to score the final three games for the Gators.
No. 17 Florida (5-6, 0-0 AAC)
Brown (4-5, 2-1 Ivy)
On ball movement
- “That was huge for us, we have been working on it all week in preparation for today’s game. We knew they had great zone and we knew ball movement, making clean passes and finishing was going to be the key. The team stepped up and executed the game plan we put forth – it was exciting.”
- Career-highs hit against Brown:
- Cara Trombetta recorded four caused turnovers, bringing her to 87 in her career, tied for the most all-time in Florida’s program history
- Shannon Kavanagh became just the 16th Gator to record 100 career points when she hit her second goal of the night
- The fastest Gator to reach 100 points was Ashley Bruns, who did so in 24 games, but Kavanagh became the third-fastest Florida lacrosse player to hit the mark, doing so in 32 games.
- Lindsey Ronbeck currently sits at 198 career goals, trying to become just the third Gator to reach 200 goals
- Ronbeck has potential to be the second-fastest Gator to reach the 200-goal mark. Shannon Gilroy did it in 67 games, while Kitty Cullen did it in 78 games. Ronbeck has currently played 69 games in a Gator uniform
- Streaking: Haley Hicklen has recorded a save in 37-straight games, the second-best mark in program history.
- Streaking: Lindsey Ronbeck has also scored at least one goal in 22-straight games, the third-best mark in program history
- Streaking: Sabrina Cristodero (25) and Shannon Kavanagh (24) are creeping closer to the record for most consecutive games with a draw control (27)
- The Gators are back in action on Saturday as the team travels to Temple
- Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. in Philadelphia