Roundup: Gators knock down top-ranked Terps in lacrosse

Florida lacrosse player Emily Heller (9) jumps in the arms of her teammate Brianna Harris (20) as they celebrate a goal by Heller during a lacrosse match against Colorado at Dizney Stadium on the UF campus in Gainesville, Fla. Feb. 8, 2020. The Gators beat the Buffalos 11-10 in the opening game of the season. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 14 Florida lacrosse team completed the upset of top-ranked and defending national champions Maryland on Saturday, winning 15-14 after scoring with less than a minute to play.
The Gators (2-0) broke Maryland’s 86-game home win streak and serve the Terps their first home loss since March 10, 2012.
"I am beyond proud of the effort this team brought today,“ UF coach Amanda O’Leary said. ”No matter what the circumstances, they battled until the end and came up with a terrific win.
“This goes to show how much work they put in, not only on the field, but in the weight room, in the classroom, etc. This was a complete team win – the offense, defense and bench shone today and helped get us this win."
This win is also the first time since April 12, 2012 that the Gators have knocked off the top-ranked team in the IWLCA rankings (Northwestern, 8-7).
Shannon Kavanagh led Florida, recording a career-high eight goals. That is the second-best total in a game in program history. Brianna Harris and Emerson Cabrera each notched a hat trick of their own, a career-high for Cabrera. Hannah Mardiney added in her first goal of the season as well.
Florida shot 15-for-26, good for a .583 shooting percentage vs. Maryland (1-1).
Harris notched three assists, while Kaala Puglisi added one of her own.
The Gators caused six turnovers, led by two from Cabrera and Becky Browndorf – a career-best for both.
Cara Trombetta marked Brindi Griffin, holding her to 1-of-5 shooting, while Kaitlyn Dabkowski held Catie May to 2-of-5 shooting on the day.
Sarah Reznick once again had a day in the cage, recording a career-high 14 saves. That is the third-best total in a game in program history.
The Gators are back in action Feb. 22 with another Top-15 clash. No. 11 Loyola heads to Donald R. Dizney Stadium, with opening draw set for 12 p.m.
Softball: No.8-ranked Florida won two more games on the second day of the Bubly Invitational, defeating North Dakota State, 1-0, and Longwood, 11-0 (5), at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Gators (9-1) picked up two complete-game shutouts behind the arms of junior right-hander Natalie Lugo and sophomore Elizabeth Hightower. Lugo (4-1) struck out seven of the 24 batters she faced and held the Bison to just two hits and a walk on 84 pitches.
Hightower put up similar numbers in the following game against the Lancers as she struck out eight of the 17 batters faced and limited the opposition to just one hit and a walk on 81 pitches.
The top of the Florida lineup produced four of the five hits in the game against North Dakota State. Junior Hannah Adams (2-for-4) provided the walk-off highlights with her RBI single that scored Sophia Reynoso from second base. Kendyl Lindaman, Charla Echols and Jade Caraway tallied the other three hits in the 1-0 win.
Caraway started the rally in the 7th inning and was moved into scoring position by a perfectly executed SAC bunt from Hannah Sipos. In the next at-bat, pinch-hitter Jordan Matthews drew an intentional walk, which then prompted Reynoso to reenter the game and the opportunity to score the game-winning run.
In the second game of the day against Longwood, UF nearly produced its fourth 10 hit performance of the season, but settled for nine in the shortened five-inning game. Adams (2-for-2) once again turned in a multi-hit game, while freshman Baylee Goddard (2-for-3) produced the first of her young career.
Goddard’s second hit, a three-run home run to opposite right field, capped the Gators scoring against Longwood, which gave the team an 11-0 lead. In the end, a total of seven different Gators tallied a hit in the game and nine different players scored a run.
Florida is set to conclude action at the Bubly on Sunday with a pair of games against Southeastern Louisiana and Florida A&M at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Men’s golf: Highlighted by a 7-under 63 performance by freshman Ricky Castillo, Florida holds a 10-stroke lead entering the final round of the Gators Invitational.
The Gators were the only team to finish under par through the first 36 holes of the event. Reigning tournament champions Vanderbilt sits in second at 5 over.
Coming off of his first collegiate win, Castillo opened the Gators’ home tournament with another strong performance. After shooting even through his first 18 holes, the freshman caught fire in the afternoon, firing off a second-round 7-under 63. Castillo’s career-low outing puts him in control of first place individually by one stroke.
John Axelsen continued his steady play for Florida to open the event. The Junior is tied for eighth at even par after shooting 1 over in round one and 1 under in round two.
Blake Dyer finished the day tied for 12th individually at 1 over. The senior was solid in the second round, signing and even-par 70 which included three birdies on the back nine.
Similar to Dyer, Chris Nido shot even in the second round. Nido’s even second-round performance puts him at 2 over overall and tied for 16th individually.
At the fifth spot in the lineup, Manny Girona shot a solid 1 over through his first 18 holes. However, a challenging afternoon put him at 11 over to finish the day.
UF also had seven individuals out on the course today – Fred Biondi, Quentin Debove, John DuBois, Robby Eisch, Eugene Hong, Christophe Stutts and Aden Ye. Debove and DuBois led the group as they finished even par and 1 over, respectively.
The final round is set to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday with Florida teeing off at 9:30 a.m. from hole one.