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UF Lacrosse: Gators Top Dolphins to Advance to NCAA Quarterfinals

Photo by Chris Kim

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY KATIE CALLAHAN

Florida defeated Jacksonville 17-3 to advance to the program’s sixth quarterfinal in the 12-year history

The sixth-seeded Florida lacrosse team is moving on to the NCAA Quarterfinals after defeating Jacksonville 17-3 on Sunday afternoon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

The Gators improve to 18-2 in the 2021 campaign – one win off tying the program record – while Jacksonville’s season comes to a close at 12-2.

Florida has now won 15 straight games, dating back to the March 13 loss against JU.

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The Gators were led on the offensive front by Grace Haus, who notched a career-high seven goals in the victory. Brianna Harris and Shannon Kavanagh each registered a hat trick in the game, while Paisley Eagan posted two goals against the Dolphins. Maggi Hall and Kassidy Bresnahan both found the back of the cage once to round out Florida’s scorers.

Harris dished out a team-best three helpers in the game – her first being the 200th point of her career. She is just the 10th Gator to hit that mark. Hall, Haus, Kavanagh, and Danielle Pavinelli each recorded one assist in the win.

Florida dominated the draw circle on Sunday, winning 15 of 22 draws. Kavanagh led the way with seven draws, while Eagan and Harris notched three and two, respectively.

The Gator defense held the nation’s sixth-best offense to just three goals on the afternoon. The squad registered eight caused turnovers on the day, led by two from Becky Browndorf – tying her career-best mark.

Browndorf also led the way with a career-best four groundballs, while Kaitlyn Dabkowski, Kavanagh, and Sarah Reznick each registered three groundballs in the game.

Reznick was stellar in the cage for Florida, coming up with nine saves while only allowing three goals for a .750 save percentage. That mark tied her career-best, which she has hit three times already this season.

The Gators head to Syracuse, N.Y. to take on the Orange in a quest for Florida’s second NCAA semifinal berth. Date and time will be announced later this evening after all the second round games have concluded.

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