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UF: #3 Florida Stonewalls Loyola With Dominant Defense

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via press release – photo via UF web site   Box Score Baltimore, Md. – The University of Florida women’s lacrosse team (4-1) easily defeated the Loyola Greyhounds (0-5) on Wednesday afternoon, 15-5. The victory marks the Gators’ fourth straight win. The No. 3 Gators used a masterful defensive effort to hold Loyola to just 16 shots and five goals. Florida forced the Greyhounds into 17 turnovers. Defenders Taylor Bresnahan, Caroline Fitzgerald, and Cara Trombetta each caused two turnovers. Florida held a 12-1 advantage in the game with 24:56 remaining in the second half before beginning to sub out its starters. Playing in her hometown of Baltimore, sophomore goalkeeper Haley Hicklen paced the Gators defense with seven saves and a .583 save percentage. Hicklen has turned in a save percentage of over .500 in three out five games this season. Offensively, Florida was led by Shayna Pirreca (five goals, one assist), Sammi Burgess (two goals, two assists), and Sydney Pirreca (two goals, one assist). #PirrecaPower Pirreca sisters Shayna and Sydney combined for seven goals and two assists against the Greyhounds. Junior Shayna Pirreca set a career-high with five goals on seven shot attempts. For the season, #PirrecaPower has accounted for 36% (27/74) of Florida’s scoring. Records: Florida: 4-1 Loyola: 0-5 Notable:
  • The Gators have now won 10 straight road games dating back to the 2016 season, putting them just one short of the all-time record of 11. Florida’s next road contest is a BIG EAST clash with UConn on March 18.
  • Eight different Gators found the back of the net in Wednesday’s win.
  • With two caused turnovers against Loyola, Caroline Fitzgerald is just one shy of passing Shannon Gilroy (70) for the second-most all-time at Florida
  • The Florida defense held Loyola to five goals, which was the fewest the Greyhounds scored in a single game this season
O’Leary’s Insight: “A true team effort today. Our entire defense played as a complete unit, and our offense had its most efficient game of the season. We will need to keep this momentum going as we host Stony Brook and Syracuse in the next week.” Up Next Florida will return home to Donald R. Dizney Stadium, for a pair of games against ranked opponents: No. 7 Stony Brook on March 11 and No. 5 Syracuse on March 14. Follow the Gators #FLax Twitter Instagram Facebook