11 different Gators score in the 19-7 victory
DELAND, Fla. – The high-powered offensive attack of the sixth-ranked Florida lacrosse team led them past the Stetson Hatters 19-7 on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators move to 3-1 on the year, while Stetson drops to 0-2.
Florida had 11 different players score on Saturday afternoon, led by five goals from Shannon Kavanagh – a season-best mark. Ashley Gonzalez followed with a career-high three goals of her own, securing the first hat trick of her career.
Maggi Hall and Paisley Eagan tallied two goals apiece on the afternoon, while Liz Harrison, Emily Heller, Danielle Pavinelli, Grace Haus, Shelton Sawers, Janine Suris and Kaitlyn Dabkowski each pitched in one goal. Harrison and Suris both registered their first career goals in the game.
Brianna Harris posted three assists in the game, while Harrison and Pavinelli each recorded a career-best two helpers. Gonzalez, Sawers, Lexie Morton and Jill Quigley each dished out one assist in the game.
Kavanagh led the way in the draw circle, coming up with five wins on the afternoon. Eagan and Pavinelli each followed with two apiece.
As a squad, Florida recorded 11 caused turnovers, led by a career-high three from Emma Wightman. Haus and Gonzalez each tallied two on the afternoon, while four Gators registered one apiece.
Sarah Reznick led the way with four groundballs, while Haus added three of her own.
In the cage, Reznick came up with three saves and only three goals allowed for a .500 save percentage, while Julia Hammerschlag registered her first save as a Gator during her time between the pipes.
The Gators return to action on March 13 to take on in-state rival Jacksonville – Florida’s last opponent before beginning conference play. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at DB Milne Field.
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DeLAND—Stetson’s Marina Rotella scored three goals but No. 6 Florida proved to be too much as the Gators downed the Hatters, 19-7, Saturday at the Athletic Training Center.
Playing at home for the first time in nearly 13 months, the Hatters (0-2) put up a strong defensive effort, holding the Gators to just five goals in the game’s first 15 minutes. But eventually the Gators (3-1) found their way into the back of the net, scoring four times in five minutes to turn a 5-1 game into a 9-1 advantage.
Taylor Zuberer stopped the bleeding for Stetson with a goal at 10:36, making it a 9-2 affair, but Florida took a 12-2 lead into halftime.
Florida opened the second half by threatening to run away with the game but after two Gators’ goals, Quin Roe cut Florida’s momentum with a free-position goal to make a 14-3 gators lead.
Trailing 16-3, Rotella scored three goals in a span of six minutes, pulling the Hatter within 16-6, but Florida closed the game by scoring three of the last four goals.
Shannon Kavanagh led the Gators with five goals. Florida’s goalie tandem of Sarah Reznick and Julia Hammerschlag combined to make four saves.
The Hatters held their own with the Gators in several statistical categories, most notably draws, where Stetson finished with a 15-13 edge. But the Hatters were just 7 for 18 on clears, while Florida was 15 for 16.
“Obviously Florida is a great team,” Stetson head coach Christy leach said. “We just wanted to make sure we were improving since the first game and that’s what we saw today. We started a lot better than we did two weeks ago. We didn’t play scared or timid. We had some strong moments on defense. But eventually when you play too much defense they’re going to keep scoring on you, so we just need to keep working on our possession and clearing the ball a little bit better.”
Stetson returns to action when the Hatters host Gardner-Webb, Noon, Friday, March 12 at the ATC.
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