Tuesday February 23, 2010Gators Take Down La Salle, 15-5
The University of Florida lacrosse team had to overcome several obstacles on Tuesday, but they prevailed over La Salle 15-5 after a solid defensive effort and a balanced attack. Freshman midfielder Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) led the Gators with four goals.
The road trip didn’t start well after learning on Monday afternoon that the game time and location had to be changed for Tuesday’s matchup. Add on to that temperatures in the mid 30s and a wintry mix falling from the sky and the team from Florida looked like a major underdog.
Dashiell quickly squashed those thoughts, putting away a free position shot just 50 seconds into the game. Freshman attacker Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) found Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) on a cutting run toward the goal and Chesterman finished to give UF an early 2-0 lead. Dashiell added another goal and the Gators had a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
“I was really proud of the way the team came out and fought right from the beginning,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “They didn’t let any of the tough conditions slow them down and we came away with a great win.”
Melanie Sarcinello put the Explorers on the board, but Florida pushed the lead to four goals after Dashiell, Bruns and Chesterman each found the net. La Salle tried to rally back with a pair of goals from Ashley Rutz and Stefany McKee but the Gators responded with scores from freshmen Colby Rhea (Abingdon, Md.) and Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) to take a 8-3 lead at halftime.
The Gator defense stepped up big in the second half, allowing only two goals, while the offense continued to pour it on. Dashiell and Chesterman each added another goal, while sophomore Caroline Cochran (Annapolis, Md.) scored her first two goals as a Gator.
“Our offense continued to put goals on the board,” said Coach O’Leary. “Today our defense played a little better, and overall I thought this was a good team effort.”
Florida will hit the road again this weekend to take on No. 4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The game is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.