UF Lacrosse: Gators Fall to No. 12 Greyhounds

Photo by Hannah White

Courtesy of UF Athletic Association

Shannon Kavanagh, Brianna Harris, Grace Haus each tally two goals

The No. 4 Florida lacrosse team dropped Saturday’s contest to No. 12 Loyola, 17-6 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

Three Gators each tallied two goals on the day: Brianna Harris, Grace Haus, and Shannon Kavanagh. Harris and Kavanagh both notched an assist as well, finishing with three points apiece.

Florida won the draw, coming up with 13 draw controls on the day. Kavanagh won nine draw controls in the game, while Harris notched two draws of her own.

As a squad, the Gators caused five turnovers, led by two from Becky Browndorf – tying her career-high mark.

Cara Trombetta and Kaitlyn Dabkowski both registered a team-best two groundballs on the day.

Sarah Reznick recorded eight saves in the cage, pushing her to 33 saves on the year – the most for any Gator freshman in their first three appearances.

The Gators are back in action on Wednesday, as the team travels to Kennesaw State. Opening draw is set for 11 a.m. against the Owls.

How It Happened

  *   Loyola got two quick goals to kick off the game, but Shannon Kavanagh notched her 13th goal of the season on a pass from Brianna Harris to cut the lead to just one at 2-1. The Greyhounds answered with a 2-0 run to take the 4-1 lead with 16:24 remaining in the first half.
  *   Grace Haus punched her first goal of the season into the back of the net just under a minute later to cut the lead to two, but Loyola continued to extend the lead, going up 7-2 with 10:55 remaining in the first half.
  *   Kavanagh posted her second goal of the game on a behind-the-back free position goal, pulling Florida to within four with 8:00 remaining in the half.
  *   Haus got the Gators to within three with her 100th career point, but Loyola closed on the half on a 3-0 run to take the 10-4 lead into the locker room.
  *   Loyola went on a 6-0 run after the break, taking a 16-4 lead with 10:52 remaining in the game.
  *   Harris recorded her first goal of the game with nine minutes remaining in the game, then followed with the final goal of the game at the 58-second mark.

No. 4 Florida (2-1)
No. 12 Loyola (3-0)

O’Leary’s Insight

  *   “Credit Loyola. They came out and played a really strong game. We have seen them on film, so we knew how dynamic their offense was. This was a little disappointing in the fact that we had a strong game plan, but we did not execute that game plan very well. But again, all credit to Loyola, they came in and put us on our heels.”
  *   “We have to drive to the goal cage, and we have to be a threat. If they are going to shut down Shannon [Kavanagh], everybody needs to be confident enough to go to the goal cage; we didn’t have that confidence today.”


  *   Grace Haus scored two goals on the day, becoming just the 17th Gator to record 100 career points
  *   Shannon Kavanagh continued her streak of consecutive games with a draw control, moving to 37 consecutive games – a program record
  *   Kavanagh also recorded at least one point, extending her streak to 22 games, the fourth-longest streak in program history
  *   Florida drops to 6-2 against Loyola in the all-time series

Up Next

  *   The Gators head to Kennesaw, Ga. on Wednesday for a midweek matchup with the Kennesaw State Owls
  *   Opening draw is set for 11 a.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium
  *   This is the first unranked opponent Florida will face this season