Roundup: UF lacrosse team advances to tourney final

Florida lacrosse coach Amanda O'Leary. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun/File]

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The No. 18 Florida lacrosse team advanced to the American Athletic Conference Championship after defeating Vanderbilt 19-10 on Thursday evening.

The Gators (12-6) will face Cincinnati (12-6), a 13-9 winner of the second semifinal over Temple, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Sheakley Athletics Center. Florida continues its quest for the program’s sixth-straight conference tournament championship and the eighth overall by the program. The Gators routed the Bearcats 25-6 to win the regular-season title last Saturday in Gainesville.

“Our success on the road is indicative of the work that this team puts in on the road to get here,” UF coach Amanda O’Leary said.

Sydney Pirreca led the way for the Gators with a historic day, scoring five goals and six assists for a total of 11 points. The 11 points tied the program record for the most in a single game, while the six assists set a new program record.

Grace Haus also scored a career-best five goals against the Commodores (10-6) and Shannon Kavanagh added four to secure the win. The Gators won 16 draws during the game, led by seven by Lindsey Ronbeck.

Florida caused 10 turnovers, led by three from Cara Trombetta. Caroline May and Madi Hall each pitched in two caused turnovers. Haley Hicklen recorded seven saves, finishing with a .438 saves percentage.

Softball: No. 7 Florida wraps up regular-season action against SEC rival Mississippi State with a three-game series that starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (39-13, 11-10 SEC) swept the series with the Bulldogs (30-19, 7-14) last season in Starkville, Miss.

Baseball: Florida (28-18, 9-12 SEC) heads to Athens for a three-game series vs. No. 9 Georgia (34-12, 13-8) starting at 7 p.m. Friday (SEC Network+), 2 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) and 12:30 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2).

Tommy Mace (7-3, 4.48 ERA) returns to the mound Friday night for the Gators after leaving last week’s game against Kentucky in the fifth inning after being hit in the head by a line drive. Georgia goes with Tony Locey (7-1, 2.60 ERA).

Women’s tennis: Florida (12-11) will take on Boston College (16-9) in first-round NCAA tourney action from Lawrence, Kansas, at 11 a.m. ET Friday. The winner squares off with the winner of the Kansas-Denver match on Saturday.

Men’s golf: Florida will compete in the Pullman, Washington NCAA Regional. The Gators will be the No. 8 seed out of 14 teams at the regional.

Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals were selected to compete at one of six regional championships, each featuring 13 or 14 teams and five or 10 individuals, May 13-15.

From regional competition, 30 teams (top five from each regional) and six individuals (top individual from each regional) will advance to the national championships to be played May 24-29 at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.