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Saturday October 2, 2010Gators Open Up the 2010 Fall Season with Two Wins

Gainesville, Fla.

The University of Florida lacrosse team started their fall season with two wins over the Jacksonville Dolphins and the Rollins Tars. The Gators handled the Dolphins in the first game, 23-5, and held off a much-improved Rollins squad, 25-8.

In the first game of the afternoon, Florida and Jacksonville both scored within the first three minutes before the Gators went on a tear, scoring 16 straight goals, a streak that lasted halfway into the second half.

Four players led the Gators in scoring with junior Caroline Cochran (Annapolis, Md.) and sophomores Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.), and Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) scoring four goals apiece. Bruns led the Gators in assists with four. The Gators outshot the Dolphins 47-17.

Sophomores Cara Canington (Bel Air, Md.) and Mikey Meagher (Liverpool, N.Y.) split the halves, with saving four and six shots, respectively. 

In the second game at Dizney Stadium, the Gators started out strong, scoring six straight goals before the Tars had a chance to get on the board. Sophomores Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and Chesterman each scored two goals in that stretch for the Gators.

The Gators were led by sophomore Colby Rhea (Abington, Md.) and Bruns, who each had four goals against the Tars. Cochran had a team-high two assists in the contest.

Four Gators had their first career points on Saturday afternoon, with Krista Grabher (Vero Beach, Fla.) scoring with 3:19 remaining in the first game against Rollins, along with two assists. Sophomore transfer Erin Graziano (Mendham, N.J.) scored back-to-back goals in the game against Rollins, while adding an assist on a Kitty Cullen goal against Jacksonville. Freshman Elizabeth Dunwoody scored a goal and assisted on Graziano's goal, both against Rollins. Redshirt freshman Haley Katzenberger scored her first goal as a Gator, after missing the 2010 season due to injury.

Canington earned the win in both games with a combined seven saves in the two contests.

Florida will take the next two weekends off before traveling to Princeton, N.J. for the Princeton Tournament on Oct. 17. They will play four 30-minute running clock games and are joined at the tournament by North Carolina, Northwestern, Syracuse, and Penn.

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