The No. 8 Gators lacrosse team goes head-to-head against the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels in another away game at Chapel Hill on Friday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. This will be the 13th meetup between the teams. 

The Gators have tough competition in North Carolina. 

Ranked first in all national polls, the Tar Heels have all 12 starters from last season on their roster. They finished 7-0 and ranked first at the season’s abrupt conclusion. North Carolina also ranked No. 1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the preseason polls. 

The team is a mighty presence to mess with but Florida isn’t leaving without blood shed. 

The Gators crushed the Cardinals 14-7 in their season-opener last week (hyperlink) and have high expectations on them going into the remainder of the season. The Tar Heels coincidently won their most recent game 14-7, playing against Stony Brook.

The Gators’ last match against North Carolina was during an NCAA tournament back in May 2019. They have only won three of the 12 games versus North Carolina. 

The Gators have strong weapons in the arsenal as they approach the fight. Senior attacker Grace Haus started out the season strong with two goals and two assists. She’s inching towards a record 100 career goals and would be the 13th player in Gator history to reach that mark. Haus is currently at 92. 

Senior attacker Kassidy Bresnahan pulled the trigger of success on the field in the Louisville game. She brought in a whopping three goals and one assist in her star performance. 

Senior midfielder Shannon Kavanagh too was a strong force with three goals and one assist. 

Florida’s team truly demonstrated its abilities last week and appears to have a no-mercy collective mindset. They shoot all their shots and has a tight grip on the defense. 

Time is of the essence.

 While the Gators are playing in 17 total games in the regular season, it’s vital they keep a strong winning streak from the beginning if they wish to move high in rankings, and North Carolina is certainly not a team to sleep on. 

The pressure is on for the Gators and the battle to come will be nothing short of an interesting one. 

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