UF Roundup: Gators Lacrosse bounces back to rout Vandy

Published: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 9:32 p.m.

Coming off a road loss at No. 1 Maryland, the Florida lacrosse team responded Saturday with a convincing Big East win over Vanderbilt 16-6.

The Gator (9-2, 3-0 Big East) defense stifled Vanderbilt in the first half, allowing zero goals on 12 shot attempts, while forcing the Commodores into 11 turnovers. Florida entered halftime with a 12-0 lead, and held the shutout for over 35 minutes.

"I'm really pleased with the entire team's effort today against a very good Vanderbilt team," UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. "For us to come out and score 16 goals is quite an accomplishment. Everyone who played today contributed in a positive way, and that's a great sign for us moving forward."

The 16 goals are the most Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-1) has allowed in a game this season. Entering Saturday's contest, the Commodores ranked 12th in the NCAA in scoring defense (9.00).

Senior attacker Mollie Stevens paced the Gators offensively, scoring six points (four goals, two assists), to go along with three ground balls, three draw controls, and one caused turnover. Sammi Burgess, Allie Pavinelli, Sydney Pirreca and Lindsey Ronbeck each added two goals for the Gators. Burgess, who also tallied two assists, moved into second place all-time at Florida with 65 in her career. She is tied for fourth place on the single-season assist list with 24, and is only eight away from passing Ashley Bruns (31) for the most in a season.

The Gators travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday for a 1 p.m. meeting with Big East foe Marquette (3-7, 1-1).


Horsfield, Zhang tied for first

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Florida's men's golf team improved on its first-round score Saturday, shooting a nine-under 275 in the second round of the Mason Rudolph Championship. That score put the Gators in second place at 551 (-17).

All five of the players in the lineup shot even-par or better in the second round, and for the second day in a row four Gators carded four or more birdies.

Sophomore Sam Horsfield and freshman Andy Zhang followed up their 69s (-2) in the first round with 67s (-4) in the second round. Both Gators carded six birdies on Day 2 and head into round three tied for first place with Alabama's Josh Sedeno at 136 (-6).

After shooting a 272 (-12) in the second round, Alabama leads the team leaderboard at 550 (-18).

Women: At Sunset, S.C., Florida is one stroke off the lead after the second round of the Clemson Invitational on Saturday. UF finished the day in a tie for second place at seven-under (569). The 280 that Florida posted in the second round was the second lowest of the day.

Maria Torres and Taylor Tomlinson led the Gators again, as they each finished the round in a tie for fourth at four-under (140), respectively. Torres paced the Gators with a bogey-free three-under (69). Karolina Vlckova also sits inside the top-10 as she is tied for eighth at two-under (142).

Furman's leading the tournament at eight-under (568), and Texas' Sophia Schubert is at the top of the leaderboard at eight-under (136).

— Special to The Sun

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