JACKSONVILLE – The No. 17 Florida Gators downed Jacksonville 19-13 on the road in the final nonconference lacrosse game of the season behind a historic performance from Lindsey Ronbeck.
Ronbeck paced the offense for the Gators, scoring eight goals on the night. That mark tied the single-game record for most goals scored in a game – a record she set against Maryland as well. Her seven first-half goals are the most scored in a single half in Florida program history as well.
Shannon Kavanagh and Sydney Pirreca followed with three goals and two goals, respectively.
“We got off to a great start in the first half and our offense was moving the ball well,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. “Our second half wasn’t as strong as we would have liked. We have some things to work on before we get back into conference play on Saturday.”
The Gators (8-6) caused six turnovers on the night, led by two from both Sabrina Cristodero and Ronbeck.
Florida also held Jacksonville (10-3) to 13-of-34 shooting (.382) on the night.
Haley Hicklen posted 10 saves in the cage, coming away with a .500 saves percentage in her eighth win of the season.
Women’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, Florida (11-9) erased a 3-1 deficit and earned a dramatic 4-3 win over No. 14 Michigan (13-5).
Trailing 3-1 and with Michigan’s Giulia Pairone leading 5-4 in what would have been the deciding set on court two, the Gators rattled off three-straight singles wins to snap the Wolverines’ eight-match winning streak.
Sophomore McCartney Kessler, who hadn’t appeared in a singles match since March 31 at Texas A&M due to injury, earned the match-clinching win as she dispatched No. 75 Pairone, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
Freshman Marlee Zein and junior Tsveta Dimitrova also added singles victories for the Gators who played in their ninth match decided by a 4-3 score this season.
Women’s golf: At Athens, Ga., after 18 holes of stroke play in the first round of the Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic, Florida sits in the eighth spot on the leaderboard behind leaders Augusta (290, +2) and Kennesaw State.
The Gators were led by freshman Clara Manzalini, who birdied her last two holes to finish the round at one-over and sit in a tie for seventh place. Sophomore Addie Baggarly is not far behind, finishing her round one stroke behind Manzalini and in a tie for 15th. Freshman Jenny Kim birdied two of her last four holes to stay in contention as well, finishing just two strokes behind Baggarly in a tie for 33rd.
There will be two rounds of match play Friday before a final round of match play Saturday.