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Florida Lacrosse Reels Off Record Win, Earns First Shutout In 29-0 Blanking Of Fresno State

(Andy Hutchins)
(Andy Hutchins)

Fresno State's women's lacrosse team is not good. The Bulldogs were 2-4 on the season heading into Wednesday night's tilt with Florida's nationally-ranked lacrosse team, with wins against the Fresno State men's club team (this counts, apparently?) and Central Connecticut State. And the Bulldogs were coming off a 21-2 spanking at Jacksonville's hands on Tuesday.

But I don't think anyone anticipated Florida shutting out Fresno State, 29-0, to record its first shutout and set new records for goals and margin of victory.

The Gators were fierce from the opening draw, scoring four goals in the first five minutes of play and 10 in the first 10, and the avalanche never let up, with freshman Nicole Graziano scoring six goals, freshman Nora Barry adding five, and freshman Taylor McCord establishing a new career high with four goals. In addition to the freshman onslaught, junior Ashley Bruns' three goals and an assist helped her become the first Florida lacrosse player to score 200 points, and Caroline Chesterman's goal and three assists pushed her past the 100-point mark.

That helped the Gators put together a staggering set of single-game team records:

The Gators set several team records in the game, earning the most goals (29), most assists (12) most points (41), most draw controls (24) and tied their record for shots, outshooting the Bulldogs, 44-5. Florida was perfect through the midfield, going 12-for-12 on clears, and caused eight of the Bulldogs’ 16 turnovers, while losing the ball just seven times. The Gators also committed the fewest fouls ever, making just five.

UF tied its record with 17 points in the first half, then tied its second-half record with another 12.

The game was also played with a running clock from late in the first half on. Forget close; these two teams were barely on the same continent.

Since Florida's double-overtime loss to Syracuse, though, no team has been all that close to the Gators: They're on a seven-game winning streak, have scored in double figures and kept their opponents in single digits in each of those games, stomped a nationally-ranked Dartmouth team by a 20-4 margin, and have outscored their foes by a combined 129-34 margin in that span. This team is good, and heads into the teeth of its American Lacrosse Conference schedule on a roll.

Florida lacrosse next plays on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Penn State.

Additionally, last night was Harry Potter Night at the park, and UF's (very good, as they go) Quidditch team put on a match at halftime. This is a picture of that.

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At least the free scarf I got was nice.