Lacrosse

LAX: Gators earn Big East title with 18-13 win at Denver

FINAL: FLORIDA 18, DENVER 13

1st 2nd OT FINAL
GATORS 7 11 X 18
DENVER 7 6 X 13

Denver, CO – On Saturday, the Gators earned their eighth straight conference title by defeating the Denver Pioneers 18-13 in the Rocky Mountain altitude. For Florida, this is the fourth consecutive Big East Championship, having also won four straight American Lacrosse Conference titles before realigning into the Big East.

The Gators began the game with six unanswered goals by five different players. Sydney Pirreca opened the scoring with a goal within the first minute of play.

The Pioneers wouldn’t go away quietly, however. Denver would score the next seven goals before Allie Pavinelli scored her sixteenth goal of the season to notch the game at 7 before halftime.

Florida opened the second half with a three score run to take a 10-7 advantage less than three minutes into the period. Florida’s defense tightened up in the second half and the Gators would finish the game on an 8-3 run.

Lindsey Ronbeck scored a team high five goals while Pirreca added four more (and an assist). Caroline Benitez, Shayna Pirreca, Grace Haus, Shannon Kavanagh each added two goals with Pavinelli added a tally as well. Shayna Pirreca and Kavanagh each assisted on three goals.

The Gators earned an incredible 21 draw controls with Kavanagh leading the way with 11. Sabrina Cristodero added eight draw controls in the circle.

GK Haley Hicklen played the entire contest for the first time in a while as the Gators have routed their last several opponents. She made seven saves and allowed 13 goals in the game.

Florida has now won thirty straight Big East games with one more regular season matchup with Butler on Saturday.

Team Stats:

GATORS DENVER
SHOTS 32 28
SOG 28 20
SAVES 7 10
DRAW CONTROLS 21 11
TURNOVERS 22 15

What’s Next:

Florida finishes the regular season on Saturday with a noon contest against Butler. Butler is currently 1-15 on the season and 0-8 in conference play. This will be Florida’s final regular season conference game as a member of the Big East. The Gators will play in the American Athletic Conference beginning next season.

BIG EAST STANDINGS (Through April 21)

SCHOOL Big East W L Overall W L
Florida 8 0 13 3
Georgetown 7 1 11 4
Denver 5 3 10 5
Marquette 5 3 9 7
Temple 4 4 9 7
Vanderbilt 3 4 8 7
UConn 3 4 7 8
Villanova 3 5 8 7
Cincinnati 1 7 7 8
Butler 0 8 1 15
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