The Gators gave their all in a sour fight against UNC

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Losing 11-5, the No. 8 Gator’s lacrosse team made it a 3-10 series against No. 1 North Carolina in a disappointing loss Friday. The game left many confused yet satisfied. 

With a six goal deficit, the game appears to have been a bust, but the Gators brought quite the opposite to the table.  

Redshirt freshman goalie Sarah Reznick fought tooth and nail in the net and virtually saved the Gators in the first half. She went up against a powerhouse offense and performed mightily. Reznick brought in an astounding 16 saves for the team and now ties the program record with former goalie Haley Hicklen. It’s also a personal record, overcoming her previous 14 save high.

The Gators played strong on defense but it just wasn’t enough to tackle the number one ranked team. North Carolina star player Scottie Rose Growney and Jamie Ortega put up a stout challenge for the Gators with their pure shot skills and adrenaline. Still, fifth year defender Cara Trombetta and senior defender Kaitlyn Dabkowski blocked as if their life was on the line. 

The team had a Gator-great performance nonetheless. 

Senior attacker Grace Haus racked in her first hat trick for the season, recording the first two goals of the game and a third with less than 15 minutes in the second half. She sits at five goals and eight points in the first couple games. 

Senior midfielder Shannon Kavanaugh slid in a goal, too. She’s building on her massive 29-game consecutive goal record, standing fourth of all-time for the program.

Freshman midfielder Ashley Gonzalez also had an impactful afternoon as she recorded her first career goal in a Gator’s uniform to bring the score 3-5 in the first half.

Florida pushed down to the millisecond in this brutal bloodbath, not succumbing to the inevitable loss as they moved to the second half. The team put up 26 shots to North Carolina’s 32 during the game — a solid difference given their score disadvantage. They also tied the Tar Heels in draw controls at nine. 

With a 1-1 record, the Gators have to make a glorious comeback. They stay on the road for game three and face the Loyola Greyhounds in Baltimore on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. Their away matchup against Kennesaw state was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns from the Owls. 

The Loyola game can be watched lived on ESPN+

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