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UF Women: Fall Ball Focus: Questions on Defense for Florida

via USA Lacrosse Magazine

Thu Nov 3 2022 | Charlotte Varnes | College, photo by John Strohsacker


Many of Florida’s stars stepped onto the field in 2022 untested.

Emma LoPinto had yet to play in a college matchup. A trio of then-sophomores — Danielle Pavinelli, Ashley Gonzalez and Maggi Hall — had only played in an adjusted 2021 season shaped by pandemic restrictions.

They left the field as four of the Gators’ top five scorers, anchoring a squad that reached the NCAA quarterfinals. And, as the fall has gone on, they’ve only gotten better

“They’re taking over and taking ownership of the offense,” coach Amanda O’Leary said. “That helps us a lot in regard to having [those leaders] out there and having that confidence to call plays.”

Florida’s 2022 campaign was dominated by young stars, many of whom are returning. Additions like attacker Tayler Warehime and midfielders Emily Diaz and Madison Waters should bolster the Gators’ strong offensive unit.

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