Saturday February 20, 2010Lacrosse Wins Inaugural Game 16-6 Over JU
In front of a record crowd of 2,114 at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday night, history was made as the University of Florida lacrosse team took the field against Jacksonville and came away with a 16-6 victory in the program’s inaugural game. Freshman Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) led the Gators (1-0) with four goals and four assists while freshman Colby Rhea (Abingdon, Md.) and Julie Schindel (Edgewater, Md.) each scored three goals.
“I was so impressed with the fan support,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “That was absolutely incredible to have that many people come out. It’s a testament to not only the University of Florida, but the community here in Gainesville. You can’t ask for anything more, when you go out and that’s your debut and you have that kind of support, it really says a lot.”
Just under two minutes into the game, freshman Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) scored the first goal in Gator history to take a 1-0 lead. The Dolphins (0-3) evened the score on a goal by Megan Lusby but Bruns found Rhea open in front of the net less than a minute later to give UF the lead for good.
Bruns connected with Schindel then scored two goals of her own to push the lead to 5-2. Rhea and Schindel each scored again, but after goals from Amanda Hurley and Ellyn Spangenberg Jacksonville pulled within three at 7-4. Freshmen Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.), Farrell and Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) each scored to put Florida up 11-4 at halftime.
In the second half, Bruns added two more unassisted goals and Hillier found Dashiell for her second goal of the game. Abigail Warnken scored for the Dolphins, but Rhea answered with a free position goal to give the Gators a 10-goal advantage at 15-5. Bruns connected with Schindel to cap the scoring for UF and Hurley added her second goal of the game for the final score of 16-6.
“Offensively we had a good output, that’s a lot of goals to put on the board,” said O’Leary. “Overall, for our first game, I was really pleased with how it went.”
Bruns finished the game with eight points (four goals, four assists) and three ground balls. Sophomore Rachael Zimmerman (Englewood, Colo.) picked up 10 ground balls and controlled four draws in the game.
“We’ve been waiting two years for this game,” said Bruns. “It was a huge win, but we still just have to take it one game at a time. It’s still going to be a lot of work.”
Florida outshot Jacksonville 35-13 and recorded 29 ground balls to the Dolphins’ 15.
“We needed to get the first game under our belts,” said Coach O’Leary. “There was a lot of hype leading up to this game. I’d like to say it’s going to get easier, but I don’t think it will because of the competition.”
The Gators will be on the road next week with games at La Salle on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) and at No. 4 North Carolina next Sunday (1:00 p.m.). You can follow along online via Twitter by following www.twitter.com/GatorZoneLAX.