UF: Gators Fall to Top-Ranked Tar Heels 11-5

 

via UF press release – photo by Andy Mead

 

BOX SCORE

Sarah Reznick registered 16 saves in the game, tying the program record

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The eighth-ranked Florida lacrosse team battled all 60 minutes on Friday afternoon, but ultimately fell 11-5 to the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels.

Redshirt freshman Sarah Reznick recorded 16 saves against the top-ranked squad, tying the program record (Haley Hicklen – twice). The 16 saves bested Reznick’s previous career-high of 14, which she recorded against the top-ranked Terrapins a season ago.

Grace Haus led the way offensively with three goals on the afternoon, her first hat trick of the season. Ashley Gonzalez notched her first collegiate goal in the game, while Shannon Kavanagh rounded out the scoring column for Florida with one goal of her own.

Haus, Kavanagh and Brianna Harris each dished out an assist.

The draw circle was dead even, with each team registering nine draw controls in the game. Kavanagh led the way with five, while Harris and Emma Wightman recorded two apiece.

Cara Trombetta and Kaitlyn Dabkowski held UNC’s scoring duo of Katie Hoag and Jamie Ortega to just 1-of-6 shooting in the game.

Haus, Trombetta and Becky Browndorf each caused a turnover against the Tar Heels, while Reznick and Kavanagh each picked up a team-high three groundballs.

The Gators return to action on Feb. 28 against No. 4 Loyola. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. on ESPN +.

Records

No. 8 Florida (1-1)
No. 1 North Carolina (2-0)

How It Happened

  • The two squads were scoreless through the first 7:30 of the game, but UNC struck first, converting on a free-position attempt. The Tar Heels extended their lead to 2-0 after recording a goal with 19:45 left in the first half.
  • Grace Haus put Florida on the board with an absolute bullet on a pass from Brianna Harris at the 16:17 mark. The two teams were once again scoreless over the next nine-plus minutes, before North Carolina scored on a free-position attempt to go up 3-1.
  • North Carolina extended its lead to 4-1 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half after its third free-position goal.
  • The Gators answered with two goals within less than a minute to cut UNC’s lead to one going into the locker room. Haus posted her second goal of the day with 3:27 remaining in the half to pull the Gators to within two, while Ashley Gonzalez tallied the first goal of her Gator career to make it 4-3.
  • Sarah Reznick recorded an astounding 10 saves in the first 30 minutes to hold the top-ranked team to just four goals.
  • The Tar Heels went on a 3-0 run out of the locker room, taking the 7-3 lead with 17:01 remaining in the game.
  • Haus recorded her first hat trick of the season in the game with 14:07 remaining, notching her third goal of the game to bring Florida within three at 7-3. The Tar Heels answered with two goals over the span of a minute, extending their lead to five goals with 11:39 remaining.
  • Shannon Kavanagh notched her first goal of the day with just over seven minutes remaining, pulling Florida to within four at 9-5.
  • UNC scored twice over the last four minutes to secure the 11-5 victory over the Gators.

 

Notables

  • Sarah Reznick tallied a career-high 16 saves in the game, tying the program record (Haley Hicklen)
  • Ashley Gonzalez recorded her first collegiate goal in the first half
  • Grace Haus continues to inch closer to becoming the 13th Gator to record 100 career goals, currently sitting at 95 after her three-goal performance today
  • Streaking: Brianna Harris has now recorded an assist in 11-straight games, the second-longest streak in program history (Record – 19 games, Sammi Burgess)
  • Streaking: Kavanagh currently holds the record for most consecutive games with a draw control (44)
  • Streaking: Kavanagh’s 29 consecutive games with a goal is the fourth-longest streak in program history (Record – 40 games, Shayna Pirreca)
  • The Gators drop to 3-10 against North Carolina in the all-time series

 

Up Next

  • The Gators head to Baltimore, Md. to face off against No. 4 Loyola on Feb. 28
  • Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN +

 

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