Saturday March 20, 2010Lacrosse Takes Down No. 17 New Hampshire, 15-3
Ashley Bruns (
marks the first for
“We’ve been trying to put together two 30-minute halves and I think we were able to successfully do that today,” said head coach Amanda O’Leary. “It started on Wednesday when we came out and played so well against Marist, and today we picked up where we left off. That says a lot for this team. Although they are very young, they’re maturing quickly.”
defense for UF was outstanding for the second game in a row, limiting UNH to
just 11 shots and three goals.
“We put in two new defenses [after losing to Johns Hopkins], and didn’t have a whole lot of time to put those defenses in,” said O’Leary. “The players adjusted really well and are coming through with the game plan that we give them.”
seven-minute scoring drought for both sides, the Gators poured it on. Caroline
Simpson and JoJo Curro
brought the Wildcats back within four with back-to-back goals after the break,
but goalie Cara Canington (Bel
“Cara was phenomenal today,” said O’Leary. “She came up with some huge saves in the second half. We had given up two goals in the very beginning [of the half], so for her to come out and play strong in the second half is exactly what we needed today.”
Dashiell (Bel Air,
The Gators now have 37 goals in the last two games and have scored 15 or more goals five times this season, winning all five games.
“It’s a matter of being unselfish,” said O’Leary. “We’ve worked the ball well offensively and have a lot of different scoring threats, so teams can’t focus on one particular attacker. We have a lot of depth when it comes to scoring and that’s really worked to our advantage.”
Bruns tied a season-high with six goals and had three assists to finish with nine points. She has 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in the past two games.
Rhea scored three goals and has six in the past two games. She is one of three players (Bruns, Dashiell) to have a goal in every game this season.
“Colby is our worker behind the scenes,” said O’Leary. “She does a lot of work to open up other attackers so they have scoring opportunities. We really rely on Colby to do the dirty work and she does it willingly, and when asked to she can put the ball in the net.”
homestand comes to close on Wednesday night (March
24), when Cornell travels to