Thursday March 4, 2010Lacrosse Tops St. Bonaventure, 22-11
Freshman Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.) scored five goals, freshman Julie Schindel (Edgewater, Md.) had four goals and the Florida lacrosse team beat St. Bonaventure 22-11 on Thursday night at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. The Gators improved to 3-1 on the season.
Bruns gave the Gators momentum right away, scoring three quick goals in the games’ early stages. Freshman Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) also finished twice and Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) scored once to give UF a 6-1 lead less than six minutes into the game. Freshman Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Bruns and sophomore Rachael Zimmerman (Englewood, Co.) each scored to push the advantage to 9-3.
“Ashley is basically our point guard,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “I think the team responds [to her play], and the ball is in her stick a lot. She dictates a lot of our offensive movement. When she’s successful, our offense tends to be much more successful.”
St. Bonaventure rallied behind goals from Christine Hanley, Molly Hastrich, Danielle Drabin and Daisy Timlin to pull within two scores of the Gators at 9-7. But Florida put together a run of their own, led by Bruns, who scored her fifth goal of the half. Schindel scored twice and Chesterman and freshman Colby Rhea (Abingdon, Md.) each scored to give UF a more comfortable 14-7 margin.
Timlin added a goal for the Bonnies and Zimmerman finished the first half scoring for Florida. At the break, UF led 15-8, one goal shy of their season-high for goals in a game.
The scoring slowed down in the second half, but Florida continued to control the game. Schindel added two more scores, and the Gators took a 10-goal lead at 19-9 after Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) finished on free position attempts.
Chesterman, Hillier and Farrell rounded out the scoring for the Gators, and Hastrich added a late goal for St. Bonaventure for the final score of 22-11.
“One of our goals was to rebound back and see how the team would respond, coming off such a devastating loss [to No. 4 North Carolina],” said O’Leary. “We were really happy with the number of goals we put up. It was really nice to see a more balanced attack. When you have seven attackers who are confident and can go to goal, it makes it a little harder to defend. It was really good to see the team step up, and that’s what we asked of them. They did a great job.”
Florida had seven players with multiple goals, led by Bruns’ five-goal effort. Schindel scored four times, Chesterman had three goals and Cullen, Farrell, Hillier and Zimmerman each scored twice. Bruns, Chesterman and Hillier added two assists apiece while Farrell and Schindel both had one assist. Farrell also had five draw controls.
Freshman goalie Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) had a solid game in the net, playing nearly 36 minutes and allowing only three goals. Florida outshot St. Bonaventure 43-21 in the game.
The Gators have a tough test coming on Tuesday, when No. 5 Georgetown travels to Gainesville. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. at Dizney Stadium.