No. 17 Florida celebrated its 22-11 lacrosse win Tuesday over Brown with fireworks at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Lindsey Ronbeck led the way on the offensive front, scoring six goals. That marked her eighth hat trick or better this season. Shannon Kavanagh followed with five goals of her own, tying her career-best, while Madi Hall added a career-high four goals against the Bears (4-5).
“That was huge for us, we have been working on it all week in preparation for today’s game,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “We knew they had great zone and we knew ball movement, making clean passes and finishing was going to be the key. The team stepped up and executed the game plan we put forth — it was exciting.”
On Kavanagh’s second goal, the sophomore hit the 100 career point mark, becoming just the 16th Gator to do so. She reached that milestone in 32 games, which makes her the third fastest Florida player to achieve that mark.
Brianna Harris finished the game with seven points (2 goals and 5 assists). The five assists set a new single-game record for Florida and is a career-best mark for Harris.
The Gators (5-6) controlled the draw circle against Brown, winning 21 of 34 draws. Harris led the way with 10 draw controls, a career-best for her, as well as the fourth-best total in program history. Sabrina Cristodero and Shannon Kavanagh followed up with five and four draws, respectively.
Florida’s defense came up with eight caused turnovers on the night, including a season-best four from Cara Trombetta.
The Gators play in Philadelphia on Saturday, taking on Temple in a noon start.
Softball: No. 6 Florida (27-6) continues its stretch of non-conference action as the team welcomes Bethune-Cookman (12-22) to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium for a 6 p.m. game today.
The Gators step back into Southeastern Conference play this weekend with a trip to Oxford, Miss. for a three-game series against Ole Miss.
Junior Kendyl Lindaman earned Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Week and SEC Co-Player of the Week after a series of successful outings at the plate for the Gators. Over the last 10 games, Lindaman has hit eight home runs and accounted for 19 RBI.
Men swimming and diving: Florida returns to action for the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. The Gators send 17 swimmers to the championships, which begin today. The 17 swimmers are the most the Gators have taken to the NCAA Championships since 2008, when they took 17 as well.
The four-day championships will be held at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Brennan Balogh, Khader Baqlah, Clark Beach, Will Davis, Robert Finke, Trey Freeman, Erge Gezmis, Marco Guarente, Dillon Hillis, Alex Lebed, Bayley Main, Maxime Rooney, Grant Sanders, Kieran Smith and Kacper Stokowski all earned spots in the national championships with their season-best swims.
The Gators also had five relays post a qualifying standard time for the NCAA Championships. The 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Medley Relay all made the cut with qualifying times.
Jack Szaranek and Stanley Wu will be relay alternates for the championship meet. Both will be making their first appearances at the NCAA Championships.