UF Lacrosse: Gators Complete Series Sweep of East Carolina

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Courtesy of University Athletic Association


Grace Haus had a career-day to push Florida past the Pirates and to keep the Gators unbeaten in conference play

The 10th-ranked Florida lacrosse team capped off its series against ECU with an impressive 19-7 win over the Pirates on Saturday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

The Gators improve to 9-2 on the year and remain undefeated in conference play at 6-0, while East Carolina drops to 3-9 overall and 1-5 in the AAC.

Grace Haus led the Gators offensively with a career-best six goals on 6-of-6 shooting in the game, while Kassidy Bresnahan, Brianna Harris, Shannon Kavanagh, and Danielle Pavinelli each notched two goals apiece on the afternoon.

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The Gators had five other players who found the back of the cage once: Whitney Albert, Ashley Gonzalez, Charlotte Harmon, Jill Quigley, and Shelton Sawers.

Harris led the way dishing out three assists in the game, while Emerson Cabrera registered a career-high two assists against the Pirates.

Seven Gators each registered one helper in the game as well: Bresnahan, Kaitlyn Dabkowski, Gonzalez, Maggi Hall, Kavanagh, Kelly Schluederberg, and Janine Suris.

The Gators picked up right where they left off on Thursday night in the draw circle, winning 14-of-26 draws in the game. Kavanagh led the way with four draws, while Harris added three in the victory. Paisley Eagan and Emily Heller rounded out the draw controls leaders – each recording two in the game.

Florida’s defense limited the Pirates to just seven goals on the day, including hold ECU to only two goals in the first half. Cara Trombetta kept East Carolina’s Megan Tryniski to just 1-of-3 shooting to anchor the defense.

As a team, the Gators recorded 13 caused turnovers, led by three from Trombetta and Dabkowski. Bresnahan and Becky Browndorf each tallied two CTs on the afternoon – career-bests for them both.

Trombetta, Dabkowski, and Browndorf led the way for Florida with three groundballs apiece.

Sarah Reznick had another strong day in the cage for the Gators, coming up with five saves and allowing only three goals for a .625 save percentage. Julia Hammerschlag registered one save in her 14:30 in between the pipes.

The Gators have approached their conference bye week, with the team’s next series coming on April 16/18 against Vanderbilt at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

No. 10 Florida (9-2, 6-0 AAC)
East Carolina (3-9, 1-5 AAC)

How It Happened

  *   The two teams were scoreless through the first 3:30 of the game, but the Gators quickly caught fire, going on a 5-0 run within the span of five minutes to force an ECU timeout.
  *   Grace Haus started the run with her first goal of the day on an assist from Brianna Harris, and then Harris found the back of the cage herself to put Florida up 2-0 with 23:52 left in the first half.
  *   Just 30 seconds later, Haus netted her second goal of the game to give the Gators the 3-0 advantage. Shannon Kavanagh tallied back-to-back goals to force the ECU timeout with 21:17 remaining in the first half.
  *   Out of the break, Florida kept it rolling, scoring four more goals over the course of three minutes to take the 9-0 lead. Over the course of the run, Haus scored twice, while Danielle Pavinelli and Harris each registered one goal for the Gators.
  *   ECU found the back of the cage for the first time with 14:45 left in the first frame, but back-to-back goals from Kassidy Bresnahan and Haus gave Florida the 10-goal lead and running clock. That Haus goal was her fifth of the game, tying her career-best mark in just the first half.
  *   The Pirates cut Florida’s lead to nine goals at 11-2, but Ashley Gonzalez and Shelton Sawers registered back-to-back scores to close out the half and give Florida the 13-2 lead going into the locker room.
  *   Coming out of the locker room, the Pirates struck first, cutting Florida’s lead to 10.
  *   The Gators then pieced together a 3-0 run behind the sticks of Haus, Pavinelli ,and Bresnahan to take the 16-3 with 14:37 left in the game. ECU responded with a 3-0 run of its own to once again cut the lead to 10 goals with 7:20 remaining.
  *   Jill Quigley scored her first goal of the season on a pass from Kelly Schluederberg with just under six minutes to play in the game to put Florida up 17-6.
  *   The Pirates notched their final goal of the series with just over four minutes to play, but Whitney Albert and Charlotte Harmon registered a goal apiece under the three-minute mark to secure the 19-7 victory for Florida.

Insight from O’Leary

On the fast start today
*   “That was the challenge we gave to the team today – to come out strong and fast from the start – and we played really well coming out of the locker room. Really pleased offensively with what we saw – we had a lot of different goal scorers and a lot of different distributors, which is great to see. Defensively, we played extremely well. We cleaned up the things that needed to be cleaned up from Thursday and came out with a great team win today.”


  *   Grace Haus recorded a career-best six goals in the game, surpassing her previous best of five
  *   Whitney Albert scored the first goal of her career on the afternoon
  *   Charlotte Harmon notched the first goal of her career in the game
  *   Emerson Cabrera recorded a career-high two assists
  *   Kelly Schluederberg and Janine Suris each recorded their first career assist
  *   Kaitlyn Dabkowski tied her career-best in caused turnovers with three
  *   Becky Browndorf and Kassidy Bresnahan each tied their career-highs with two caused turnovers
  *   Florida remains undefeated against the Pirates, moving to 3-0 in the all-time series
     *   All three victories have come in Gainesville, Fla.
  *   The Gators hold an impressive 101-19 (.842) record in the confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium
  *   Florida is now 113-5 (.958) against teams not ranked in the IWLCA Top-25 Poll
  *   When scoring at least 14 goals, UF is 142-2 (.986) in program history
  *   With her three goals today, Shannon Kavanagh has now recorded a goal in 38 straight games, the second-longest streak in program history. She is just two games away from tying Shayna Pirreca’s record of 40 straight games for the longest streak in program history
*   Streaking: Kavanagh has now recorded a point in 38 straight games, the fifth-longest streak in program history
*   Streaking: Sarah Reznick has tallied a groundball in 14 straight games, the fourth-longest streak in program history
*   Streaking: Brianna Harris has recorded a point in 31 straight games, the seventh-longest streak in program history

Up Next

  *   The Gators have come upon their scheduled conference bye week
  *   The squad’s next series scheduled for April 16/18 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium against Vanderbilt