Florida Gators lacrosse set to take on Elon on Thursday

Special report on the Florida Gators lacrosse team:

ELON, N.C. – The 16th-ranked Florida Gators are on the road for a contest with the Elon Phoenix on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Rudd Field.

This is the third-consecutive road game for the Gators and the first time this season the team will not be facing a ranked opponent.

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The Gators are coming off a tightly contested battle with No. 17 Navy, dropping the 14-13 decision at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, while Elon dropped its last contest to No. 15 Duke, 18-15.

This is the first meeting between the two squads, with Elon having only started its program in 2014. The Gators are 5-6 against North Carolina teams in program history, including a 4-4 record in the state of North Carolina.

While Florida has a break in facing IWLCA Top-25 opponents this week, the team has competed against four thus far in the 2019 campaign and will face four more ranked teams before entering conference play. The Gators will play host to No. 4 Syracuse, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 9 Princeton in a seven-day span and then will travel to No. 18 Stony Brook.

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

W-L

Win%

Maryland

176-12

.936

FLORIDA

139-31

.818

North Carolina

139-33

.808

Navy

134-35

.793

Syracuse

133-51

.723

Scouting the Phoenix
Elon started the 2019 season with a 2-4 record, with wins over Campbell and Winthrop. The Phoenix are led on the offensive front by Mae McGlynn, who has totaled 20 goals on the season. Kaley Thompson and Bella Feldman have each recorded nine goals on the year as well. Thompson and Gillian Curran hold control in the draw circle for Elon, recording 22 and 21 wins, respectively. Paulina DiFatta serves as the main goalkeeper for Elon. She holds a .505 saves percentage and has recorded 56 saves in her 264 minutes in the cage this season.

No. 16 Florida at Elon Broadcast Information
Time & Date: Thursday, March 7 | 5 p.m.
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Series Information – No. 16 Florida at Elon
Phoenix | 2019 season: 2-4 overall; 0-0 CAA

*         This is the first meeting between the two schools

*         This is the sixth season that Elon has had a women’s lacrosse team

*         The Gators are 5-6 against North Carolina teams all-time, including a 4-4 record in the state of North Carolina

Quick Facts

*         UF currently sits first in the conference in free-position percentage (.545) and second in three categories: points per game (19.00), shots per game (33.00) and shots on goal per game (25.00)

*         The Gators are ranked in the Top-10 nationally in four categories:

o    Free-position goals per game (Shannon Kavanagh and Lindsey Ronbeck – 6th – 1.50)

o    Goals per game (Lindsey Ronbeck – 5th – 4.75)

o    Shots per game (Lindsey Ronbeck – 1st – 11.00)

o    Shots on goal per game (Lindsey Ronbeck – 1st – 8.00)

*         Lindsey Ronbeck currently sits at 173 goals in her career, trying to become just the third Gator to reach 200 goals

*         Streaking: Haley Hicklen has recorded a save in 30-straight games, the third-best mark in program history.

*         Streaking: Lindsey Ronbeck has also scored at least one goal in 15-straight games.

*         Streaking: Three Gators are closing in on the most consecutive games with a draw control (27): Brianna Harris (20), Sabrina Cristodero (18), Shannon Kavanagh (17)

*         The Gators hold a 49-20 in true road games (.710)

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