After tough loss to then-No. 12 Loyola at home, the Gators were in desperate need of a morale boost in the form of a sizable win.
Fresh off a drubbing at the hands of the Greyhounds, No. 8 Florida drubbed Kennesaw State, 21-6, today in Georgia.
Saturday saw a stalled Gators (3-1) offense score a season-low six goals. In today’s matchup, 11 of Florida’s players found the back of the net a combined 21 times — both season highs. The previous figures were four players for 15 goals in the upset against Maryland.
Following Saturday’s game, coach Amanda O’Leary stressed that the Gators needed production out of more players than junior captain Shannon Kavanagh. Five of Florida’s 21 goals came off the bench. Redshirt freshman Lexie Morton, senior Madisyn Kittell and freshmen Jill Quigley, Lexi Ashby and Shelton Sawers all produced one goal for the Gators.
Florida made 84 percent of its shots on goal against the Owls, an improvement of nearly 19 percent over its most productive game before today.
Heading into the game versus Kennesaw State, one of the Gators’ main concerns was foul trouble. Florida falls in the top 25 percent of teams with the most fouls per game in all of NCAA Division I lacrosse. Against Loyola, the Gators had 26 fouls. Against the Owls, Florida committed 10 fouls — more than 50 percent less than its season-low against Maryland prior to today’s matchup.
The Gators will be back in Donald R. Dizney Stadium this Saturday to take on No. 3 Stony Brook at 12 p.m.