Lacrosse

LAX: #6 Gators battle back from eight goal deficit to defeat Navy

FINAL: FLORIDA 19, NAVY 16

1st 2nd OT FINAL
NAVY 11 5 X 16
GATORS 8 11 X 19

Gainesville, FL – The #6 Florida lacrosse team was in a precarious position less than twenty minutes into their home contest against Navy. Trailing the #10 Midshipmen 10-2 (Navy scored the first five goals of the game), Florida could have folded, instead, they fought back, overcame the deficit, and defeated Navy 19-16.

The Gators (5-2) scored the next five goals over a five minute span that cut the lead to 10-7. After Navy took an 11-7 lead with just over a minute left before halftime, Sydney Pirreca scored to give Florida momentum heading into the intermission.

The two teams traded goals to open the second period until Florida scored four of five to tie the game at 15 with 12:41 to play in regulation. Natalie Irwin put the Midshipmen up 16-15 with 12:16 left, but the Gators defense wouldn’t allow any more damage.

Shannon Kavanagh scored four straight to complete the comeback.

Navy controlled much of the possession thanks to edging the Gators in draw controls 26-11, but also turned the ball over 18 times throughout the contest.

Kavanagh and Sydney Pirreca each scored four goals for Florida while Shayna Pirreca and Allie Pavinelli each added three more. Kavanagh also controlled five face-offs for the Gators.

The eight goal comeback represents the largest in program history.

Florida will face Vanderbilt in a Big East battle on Sunday in Nashville. The opening draw is set for 2:00 PM and will be aired on Facebook Live.

Team Stats:

NAVY GATORS
SHOTS 33 39
SOG 25 33
SAVES 14 9
DRAW CONTROLS 26 11
TURNOVERS 18 7

What’s Next:

Florida will face Vanderbilt to open the Big East season. The game is set to begin at 2:00 PM and can be viewed via Facebook Live. The Commodores enter league play with a 5-2 record. Vanderbilt has scored more than sixteen goals per contest thus far, but lost in their last game 12-10 to Saint Joseph’s.

BIG EAST STANDINGS (Through March 13)

SCHOOL Overall W L Big East W L
Cincinnati 6 1
Florida 5 2
Vanderbilt 5 2
Denver 4 2
Georgetown 4 2
Villanova 4 2
Temple 5 3
UConn 4 3
Marquette 4 4
Butler 0 7
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