FINAL: FLORIDA 16, COLORADO 9
Boulder, CO – What a way to kick off the 2019 season! The #6 Florida lacrosse team struck for sixteen goals in defeating the # 17 Colorado Buffaloes to open the season 1-0. The Gators are now 3-0 all-time against Colorado. Florida will face #2 Maryland on Thursday at 7:00 PM.
Despite the cross-country travel, the Gators showed no signs of fatigue as they scored the first seven goals of the afternoon. Lindsey Ronbeck opened the scoring with a goal just over a minute into the game. Ronbeck would record a hat-trick before Colorado found the back of the net.
The Buffaloes would make a run, however, and enter the intermission with the momentum of scoring four of the final five goals of the first period of play.
Shannon Kavanagh made sure the Gators didn’t lose the handle on the game. Kavanagh buried a shot just 1:01 into the second half. It was her second of the game, but it wouldn’t be her last. Kavanagh finished with four goals on the afternoon for Florida.
Colorado was able to close the gap to four at 12-8 with 12:27 to play, but the Gators rattled off four straight to put the game out of reach.
- Ronbeck, Grace Haus, and Kavanagh all notched four goals in the victory.
- Alix Lopez, Madi Hall, Sydney Pirreca, and Brianna Harris each added a goal in the effort.
- Lopez and Kavanagh each added a pair of assists on the game (Kavanagh finished with 6 points to lead Florida).
- Senior GK Haley Hicklen finished with 9 saves.