Starting an athletic program from scratch is tough, but Florida Gators lacrosse (1-0 hit the ground running Saturday with a dominating 16-6 win in the debut match of its inaugural season against the Jacksonville Dolphins (0-3). Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, FL, saw its first regular season lacrosse action ever as a record crowd of 2,114 watched the Gators pick apart the Dolphins on Saturday.
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Freshman Ashley Bruns led Florida with four goals and four assists; fellow freshmen Colby Rhea and Julie Schindel each scored three goals of their own in the victory. Another freshman, Sam Farrell, scored the first goal in the history of the program as the Gators took an early 1-0 lead only two minutes into the game. Florida would outshoot Jacksonville 35-13 and achieve 14 more ground balls than the Dolphins (29-15).
“I was so impressed with the fan support,” head coach Amanda O’Leary noted. “That was absolutely incredible to have that many people come out. It’s a testament to not only the University of Florida, but the community here in Gainesville. You can’t ask for anything more, when you go out and that’s your debut and you have that kind of support, it really says a lot. Offensively, we had a good output, that’s a lot of goals to put on the board. Overall, for our first game, I was really pleased with how it went.”
Bruns, the star of Saturday’s game, agreed with her coach. “We’ve been waiting two years for this game,” she said. “It was a huge win, but we still just have to take it one game at a time. It’s still going to be a lot of work.”