via the school’s press releases
by Katie Callahan
Twelve Gators score in the route of Stetson
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Led by its high-powered offensive attack, the No. 11 Florida lacrosse team defeated Stetson 19-5 on Wednesday evening at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Even with a 45-minute delay due to inclement weather, Florida was able to roll to the victory.
The Gators move to 5-4 on the year and are winners of three-straight games, while Stetson drops to 3-6 in the 2022 campaign.
Florida’s had 12 goal scorers in the game, led by four from Emma LoPinto. Kelly Schluederberg registered the first hat trick of her career Wednesday night, tallying three goals in the victory, followed by two apiece from Maggi Hall and Danielle Pavinelli.
LoPinto also dished out three assists in the game to bring her to a total of seven points. Pavinelli added two assists of her own, while Gonzalez and Quigley each registered one helper.
The Gator defense held Stetson to just five goals, the lowest scoring output for an opponent since May 16, 2021 against Jacksonville (3 goals). Florida held the Hatters to 5-of-14 shooting on the afternoon, good for a .357 shooting percentage.
Lingo also recorded a team-high four groundballs – a season-high for the 5th year. Moriarty followed with three, while three different Gators each tallied two in the game.
Sarah Reznick played the first half in cage for Florida, posting two saves and a .500 save percentage. Julia Hammerschlag saw a half of her own in between the pipes, recording a career-high four saves and allowing only three goals for a .571 save percentage.
The Gators return to action on Sunday in Tempe, Ariz. as they are slated to take on Arizona State for the first time in program history. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. ET.
No. 11 Florida (5-4, 0-0 AAC)
Stetson (3-6, 0-0 ASUN)
How it Happened
Insight from O’Leary
Gainesville, Fla. — The Stetson University lacrosse team fell 19-5 to the No. 11-ranked University of Florida Wednesday afternoon in the rain at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
The Hatters (3-6) trailed early as the Gators (5-4) took a 2-0 lead within the first minute of action. Soon after, the skies opened up and lightning filled the afternoon sky and after about a 45 minute weather delay, play resumed. The Gators continued to tack on goals as UF led 6-0 by the end of the quarter. Less than three minutes into the 2nd, sophomore Saige Roe found the back of the net to get the Hatters on the board and despite Stetson’s second goal from Katie Kornacki, it was all Gators for the remainder of the half as UF took a 12-2 lead into intermission.
In the 3rd, Jacklyn Lavoie connected on a free position goal, but the Gators continued to tack on more and by the end of the quarter the Hatters faced a 16-3 deficit. Stetson cut into the lead twice more on Roe’s second goal of the game and a late-game goal from Kate Johnson, but UF remained in control of the contest all afternoon and won by a 19-5 final.
The Hatters won 10 draws on the day and scored on three of their five free position attempts. Roe led the offense with her two goals while freshman Mia Judd led the defensive effort with two ground balls, and one caused turnover.
Kiera McCarthy finished with six saves in goal for the Hatters.
The Hatters are back in action on the road on Sunday, March 27 as Stetson visits Mercer University for its final non-conference match-up of the year. First draw is set for noon.
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