#6 Florida Gators lacrosse to take on #2 Maryland at home

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The sixth-ranked Florida Gators continue their slate of challenging non-conference play as the team welcomes No. 2 Maryland to Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Thursday.

Opening draw is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network +, with Bernie Guenther and Cara Cannington on the call.

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The Gators are coming off an impressive 16-9 road win over No. 17 Colorado, while the Terrapins earned their first win at home, defeating George Mason 16-5.

This is the fifth meeting between these two teams, with Maryland holding the 4-0 series advantage. Last season’s matchup was decided by just two goals, with the Terps winning 16-14.

The second-ranked Terrapins are the second of eight IWLCA Top-25 opponents this season. Florida will host No. 15 Syracuse, No. 2 North Carolina, and No. 8 Princeton; and will travel to No. 9 Loyola, No. 13 Navy and No. 5 Stony Brook.

O’Leary’s Insight
On what they’ve been telling the team this week
“We just want them to have composure. We have played this team numerous times, so the big thing for them is recognizing where our strengths lie and playing to our strengths. We need not to focus on Maryland and focus on ourselves at this point.”

Exclusive Company
Since 2011, Florida has the second-most wins (139) of any DI women’s lacrosse team.

Institution                W-L         Win %

Maryland                 172-12     .935

FLORIDA                              139-28     .832

North Carolina         136-32     .810

Navy                      130-35     .788
Syracuse                 128-50     .719

Scouting the Terps
Maryland is coming off a 16-5 win over George Mason and returns two leading scorers in Jen Giles and Caroline Steele. Senior goalkeeper Megan Taylor anchors the defense from the cage, having recorded 523 saves in her first three seasons.

No. 6 Florida vs. No. 2 Maryland Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Thursday, Feb. 14 | 7 p.m.
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Series Information – No. 6 Florida vs. No. 2 Maryland
Terrapins | 2019 season: 1-0 overall, 0-0 ACC

*        This is the fifth meeting between the two teams

*        Maryland leads 4-0

*        Home: 0-2 | Away: 0-2 | Neutral: 0-0

*        Last Time Out: Feb. 17, 2018 | Gainesville, Fla. | L, 14-16
Quick Facts

*        In last season’s matchup, Sydney Pirreca recorded a career-best six goals and also notched two assists

*        Shannon Kavanagh is on a 10-game streak of recording at least one assist, tied for the second-longest streak in UF history

*        Haley Hicklen currently holds a 27-game streak of at least one save, the fifth-longest in program history

*        Lindsey Ronbeck sits at 158 goals in her career, trying to become just the third person in program history to reach 200 goals

*        Florida is 88-14 (.863) in the confines of Donald R. Dizney Stadium

*        The Gators boast a 33-4 (.892) record all-time in night games (starting after 6 p.m.)
Fan Information

Admission is free to all regular season Florida lacrosse home games. Florida Leather Snapback Giveaway: The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a gray snapback with a leather “F”!

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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.