UF roundup: Gators rout Owls in lacrosse

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Florida lacrosse team at Dizney Stadium. [Jessica Rodriguez/Correspondent]

The No. 7 Florida lacrosse team used an impressive showing on the defensive end of the field Wednesday to muscle past Temple, 15-3. The three goals allowed by Florida were a season-low.

Shayna Pirreca scored the game’s first goal less than two minutes into the contest, setting a Florida lacrosse record by scoring a goal in 32 consecutive games dating back to 2016. The Gators (9-3, 4-0 Big East) then built a 6-0 lead in the first frame before Maddie Gebert’s free position goal put Temple on the board with 14:04 left in the half.

Florida responded to Gebert’s goal by reeling off four more scores in succession to take a commanding 10-1 lead barely 20 minutes into the game. The Gators entered halftime with a 10-2 advantage, behind Lindsey Ronbeck’s first-half hat trick.

The Gators forced a running clock with 27:19 left in the second half on a Sydney Pirreca goal, and would hold Temple (7-5, 2-2) scoreless over the final 19 minutes of the game to clinch the win. Florida has now won 26 consecutive games against opponents from the Big East Conference.

“It was important for us to step up in our one-on-one situations and slide on double teams defensively, and I think we executed tremendously,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “This team has done a much better job coming out ready to play at the opening whistle in the last few games, and we’ll look to keep that momentum going this weekend at Villanova.”

SOFTBALL

Knights edge Gators

ORLANDO — The last time UCF defeated Florida in softball it took a 2-0 decision here on April 11, 2012. It took a similar effort Wednesday.

UCF defeated Florida 1-0 to improve to 25-13. No. 4 UF (32-5) still holds a 20-4 edge in the series.

The Knights scored their run in the first inning and pitcher Alea White (19-8) made it stand up, allowing only one hit, five walks and striking out one.

Aleshia Ocasio (14-4) was the hard-luck loser for UF, allowing just five hits.

The Gators return to SEC play with a three-game series at Alabama starting Saturday.