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LAX: Gators rout Cincinnati to claim AAC Championship

Photo by John W. Robinson

Final: Gators 25, Cincinnati 6

For the ninth straight season the Florida Gators are conference champions. That is even more impressive when considering that Florida has been in three different conferences in that span.

The Gators routed Cincinnati on Saturday to clinch the American Athletic Conference regular season championship. The win also marked the 30th straight conference win for Florida.

Senior Lindsey Ronbeck, who was selected in the WPLL Draft on Thursday, had a career day and broke her own program record with nine goals. Fellow senior, and draftee, Sydney Pirreca added four goals while Madi Hall and Shannon Kavanagh each contributed hat-tricks of their own.

The Bearcats actually had a 3-2 lead early in the match, but a 7-0 run buried Cincinnati and put the game out of reach early. Florida held a 16-4 lead at half.

Junior Cara Trombetta caused two turnovers, giving her 100 for her career. Senior Haley Hicklen made six saves on the afternoon.

The Gators dominated the game and the stats are a reflection of such. Florida attempted 38 shots (34 on goal) while the Bearcats only attempted 15 (12 on goal). Florida also won 22-23 draw controls led by Kavanagh’s ten.

Florida improves to 11-6 (5-0 AAC). The Gators are currently ranked no. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and no. 12 in the RPI.

Florida heads to the AAC Tournament in Cincinnati where they will matchip with Vanderbilt (10-5, 2-3 AAC). The game is set for a 4:30 PM start on Thursday with the AAC Tournament Championship set for Saturday at 1:00 PM.

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