It’s a chilly afternoon in College Park, Maryland. The score, 14-14, and the time remaining, 49 seconds, glow in big, red digital font on the scoreboard.
Midfielder Shannon Kavanagh has racked up seven goals in 59 minutes. A career-high.
With 49 seconds left to play, the junior captain makes it eight to secure her team’s first victory over the then-No. 1 Terps in school history.
“(She) caught the ball under (stress) and had the composure to finish, and I think that’s what we’ve been seeing out of the growth of this entire team,” coach Amanda O’Leary said about Kavanagh in the final play of the game.
Last season, Kavanagh took one shot for zero goals against then-No. 2 Maryland at home.
But this year, after notching eight goals on 13 shots and five draw controls, Kavanagh earned the first national accolade of her collegiate career. She was named US Lacrosse’s Player of the Week earlier today.
After Saturday’s matchup, the Smithtown, New York, native rose up individual school rankings. She is now tied for the second-most goals in a game in program history, behind only Lindsey Ronbeck with nine. With 171 points and 117 goals, Kavanagh sits at No. 10 and No. 11 all-time for the Gators, respectively.
It is also worth noting that her and teammate Sarah Reznick’s — who had a personal record of 14 saves — performances just south of the Mason-Dixon line this past weekend launched Florida up 10 spots in this week’s IWLCA poll.
It will face No. 12 Loyola this Saturday at noon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium as the No. 4 team in the country.