Season-opening upset at No. 7 in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Florida – Kennesaw State women’s lacrosse stayed within two goals of Florida through the second quarter, until the seventh-placed Gators scored six straight games to take control on their way to a 22-7 win over the Owls on Saturday afternoon in the season opener for both. Dizney Stadium teams.
KSU went 2-0 with just two minutes, then 3-0 with just over five minutes of play. Cheslyn Lamar put the Owls on the scoreboard at 7:56, then add another at 5:24 to keep KSU within two at 4-2. Florida scored the last goal of the first quarter for a 5-2 advantage.
Midfielder Sienna Gore scored his first goal of the season just 21 seconds into the second quarter, taking KSU to 5-3. The Gators responded with the next six goals of the game for an 11-3 advantage on their way to a 12-4 advantage. KSU was outscored 10-3 in the second half as the Owls were outshot 16-7, including being limited to just two shots in the fourth quarter.
QUOTE: “I think we came out tough and played a good first quarter. I think our draw unit worked well and our transition play was great. We’ve identified the things we need to work on before our next game and the team is ready to go home and get back to work” – The head coach Laura Maness
– UF held the advantage in both ground balls (14-8) and draft checks (18-14).
– Second year goaltender Julia Weiss played the first half and finished with six saves in 30 minutes. Erinn Crowe was in the crease for the second half and came on with a pair of saves.
– Gore joined Lamar in posting multi-goal performances as she added a second score in the third quarter.
– Also scoring for the Owls was junior Mia MacKenziesecond Hannah Barth and her classmate Caroline Farley.
– Four players finished with two balls on the ground each, while McKenzie Jackson had a team-record six draw checks.
NEXT TIMEOUT: The Owls host their home opener Sunday, Feb. 20, against the Oregon Ducks at 1 p.m. at Fifth Third Bank Stadium.