Florida Gators lacrosse cruises past Butler

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

Indianapolis, Ind. – The University of Florida women’s lacrosse team (13-2, 7-0) won a 22-2 decision over the Butler Bulldogs (1-14, 0-7) on Saturday afternoon, in the first meeting between the two schools.

Florida dominated Butler in all facets of the game: Outshooting the Bulldogs 43-12, winning a 19-7 edge in the draw circle, and forcing 18 turnovers. The 22 goals scored by the Gators tied a season-high, and the 20-goal victory was the largest margin of the season.

14 different Gators scored a goal, led by a trio of hat tricks from Lexi Bolton, Madisyn Kittell, and Shayna Pirreca. Three goals for Bolton equaled a career-high, while Kittell tied her career-high. Junior midfielder Allie Pavinelli led all scorers with four points (two goals, two assists).

Freshman goalkeeper Kenzii Kittell anchored Florida in the goal cage, tying her career-high with five saves in a career-high 25:21 minutes of action. Junior Olivia Cole recorded three saves in 22:53 minutes, and sophomore Haley Hicklen earned her 13th victory of the season.

The Gators have now guaranteed a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament, with two conference games left on the schedule.

Stevens Sets Draw Control Record

With nine draw controls in the first half against Butler, attacker Mollie Stevens passed Shannon Gilroy (83) for the most draw controls in a single-season in Florida history. Stevens is currently at 85 and counting with two regular season games remaining. The senior also collected a ground ball for the 16th game in a row, extending her Florida record.

Records:

No. 3 Florida: 13-2 (7-0)

Butler: 1-14 (0-7)

Notable:

*        Caroline Fitzgerald is just two ground balls away from passing Nora Barry (141) for the most all-time at Florida

*        The Gators have won 18 consecutive BIG EAST games dating back to the 2015 season

*        #PirrecaPower: Pirreca sisters Shayna and Sydney have combined to score 26% (67/255) of Florida’s goals this season

*        Three Gators scored their first goal of the season: Paige Aldave, Katharine Hamer, and Alix Lopez

O’Leary’s Insight:

“A true team effort today. I’m really proud of how some of our younger players responded to playing significant conference minutes. We were able to clean up some of our unforced errors, which is critical before a big game at Temple next weekend.”

Up Next

The Gators will head to Philadelphia, Pa. to challenge BIG EAST rival Temple (12-2, 5-1) on April 22.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.