UF lacrosse remains unbeaten in Big East at 5-0

Published: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9:09 p.m.

The Florida lacrosse team earned its fifth Big East win of the season in dominating fashion Saturday, topping Cincinnati 19-2.

The Gators (11-2, 5-0 Big East) opened the game on a 16-0 run, limiting the Bearcat (5-8, 1-4) offense to just two shot attempts in the first half compared to 29 for Florida.

Florida's defense held Cincinnati to a season-low two goals with standout performances from backup goalkeepers Olivia Cole and Kenzii Kittell. Splitting time in the second half, Cole (six saves, .857 save percentage) and Kittell (five saves, .833 save percentage) each set career-highs in saves and save percentage. Starter Haley Hicklen saved both shots she faced in the first half to earn her 11th win of the season.

13 Gators scored at least one goal against the Bearcats, including the first career goals for Jillian Alonso, Lexi Bolton, Bridget Knowles, and Jordan Stevens.

Senior attacker Sammi Burgess recorded the 200th point of her career after scoring her second goal of the game midway through the first half. Burgess became just the fifth Gator all-time to reach the 200-point mark, and is now just three points away from passing Brittany Dashiell (202) for fourth place in Florida history. Burgess finished with four points (two goals, two assists) and one ground ball against Cincinnati.

"We came out with a purpose today, to play a complete 60-minute game, and we accomplished that," UF coach Amanda O'Leary said. "It was great to see everyone getting to compete at such a high level."

The Gators next host Villanova (3-8, 1-3) at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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