Lacrosse

Zebras make big impact in Gators-Terrapins tilt

MARYLAND 16, FLORIDA 14

With 21:03 remaining in the second half, Florida’s Sydney Pirreca scored to bring Florida within one goal of the #1 ranked Maryland Terrapins. However, upon checking Pirreca’s stick, the officials determined that it was too deep and disallowed the score.

Maryland, who took over momentum with the disallowed goal, would score the next five goals to make it a 16-9 game as the Gators expressed obvious frustration with the officiating.

The Gators showed their resilience in the final ten minutes of the second half as they battled to within two points by the sound of the final horn.

Florida, which lost to the Terrapins by an 18-8 final in 2017, played a much tighter game, especially on the defensive end.

The officials made an impact on the final score, but neither Head Coach Amanda O’Leary nor midfielder Sydney Pirreca would express dismay over the calls. “We try to control the controllables” said Pirreca.

Florida spent much of the second half a player down due to fouls that seemed to only be called against the Gators. The packed crowd at The Diz had no problem expressing their displeasure with loud choruses of boos several times throughout the contest.

Florida (1-1) fell to Maryland (2-0) 16-14. Sydney Pirreca finished with six goals while Shayna Pirreca and Lindsay Ronbeck each added a hat-trick. Gators goalkeeper Haley Hicklen made a career high 14 saves, including several in the final few minutes as Florida attempted to mount a comeback.

This result represents the first time in program history that Florida scored 14 or more goals in a losing effort. Prior to Saturday’s match, Florida had a 102-0 record in such games.

Up next:

Florida will face #25 Loyola next Sunday at noon in Gainesville.

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