Home / Feature Sports News / No. 16 Florida Lacrosse Falls Short to No. 4 Syracuse

No. 16 Florida Lacrosse Falls Short to No. 4 Syracuse

The Florida Gators Lacrosse team were seconds away from pulling off one of the best comebacks of the season. However, the 4th ranked Syracuse Orange were too much to handle in the final moments of the game, defeating Florida 14-13, handing the 16th ranked Gators their fourth loss of the season.

Up-hill Battle

The Gators got on the board first after Kassidy Bresnahan scored early in the first half at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. That 1-0 lead was quickly diminished after the Orange went on a 7-0 run in the next 11 minutes.

Florida never stopped fighting, Caroline Benitez scored the second goal for the Gators but was immediately answered by the Orange increasing their lead to 8-2.

Then out of the blue, the Gators gained momentum off of goals by Hannah Mardiney, Lindsey Ronbeck, Grace Haus, and Eddy Shoop and brought the score within two with about a minute left in the first half. But Syracuse scored the final goal and Florida entered halftime being down 9-6.

Second Half

Right out of the locker room, the Gators scored twice in a row off goals by Ronbeck and Haus to bring the deficit within one. But the game was bouncing back and forth. A goal was answered on each time whenever someone scored. Especially after the Gators tied the game at 10 a piece off Shannon Kavanaugh’s goal.

The game continued with blow after blow but the Orange had the lead in the final minutes until Haus assisted Ronbeck to tie the game with 44 second left.

But the unfortunate occurred for Florida, as they allowed a free-position attempt with 8.8 seconds left remaining in the game. They took the lead 14-13 and Florida couldn’t respond and the Orange stole the win at Dizney Stadium.

Despite the loss, head coach Amanda O’Leary had this to say about her team’s performance

“I have been coaching for 30-some years, but I have never been more proud of a team and their fight. We went out and were resilient. We worked well on both sides of the field and never gave up – I am super proud of our effort tonight.”

Florida’s Woes

Despite the final score, Florida outplayed the Orange on the box score. The Gators had significantly shot more than the Orange 38-24. Plus, the Gators had 14 free-position attempts compared the Orange’s nine. These stats just emphasize how Florida couldn’t capitalize on open looks.

Not a lot of unforced errors either, the Gators handled their possessions well, only having seven turnovers overall compared to the Orange’s 15 turnovers.

However, a couple of Gators did not suit up due to suspension. They violated team rules and coach O’Leary already handled the players internally.

About Marco Martinez

Check Also

LIVE THREAD: National Signing Day

Here’s an updated thread of all the recruits who picked the Gator hat today! RB …

AFC Divisional Round Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers

During last weekend’s NFL Wild Card round, the Steelers made a statement by handing the Dolphins a …

Houston Looking For an Upset in Foxborough

The saying has always been “it’s hard to beat a good team twice,” and in …

Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Tonight

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be facing each other once …

Possible Additions to McElwain’s Recruiting Class Visiting this Weekend

With National Signing Day less than three weeks away, the Gators are hosting several talented …

Florida Gymnastics Prepares for Season Opener

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Gator gymnastics team will kick off their season this Sunday …

Surprised Gators Promote Randy Shannon To Defensive Coordinator? You Shouldn’t Be

Florida’s head coach, Jim McElwain, announced Friday morning that Randy Shannon would be making the …

Quarterbacks in Spotlight for NFL Wild Card Weekend

The NFL Wild Card kicks off Saturday and the quarterback situations could not be any more different. On …

College Football Playoff Shakes Up Schedule

The College Football Playoff was a success in its first year. Yet, that doesn’t stop …

Michael Jordan Speaks out about Shootings, Police Officers

NBA great Michael Jordan opened up about his thoughts about shootings of African-Americans and the …

Treon Harris to Transfer

With the college football season approaching, the Florida Gators have announced that former starting QB …

USA Basketball Wins Second Exhibition Game

Just a few short days after their big win over Argentina, team USA won its …

Charlotte Is No Longer The Home Of The 2017 NBA All-Star Game

The House Bill 2 came between Charlotte, North Carolina and the 2017 All-Star Game. The …

Tampa Bay Rays Continue Series Against Oakland

The Tampa Bay Rays are continuing their three-game winning streak. The Rays defeated the Oakland …

MLB Preview Tonight

It’s summer time—the best time to go to a baseball game and experience the atmosphere. …

Braves Begin Series With Rockies

The Atlanta Braves (33-62) open up a four-game road series with the Rockies (43-51) tonight …

Marlins To Close Out Series With The Phillies

The Miami Marlins are in the middle of a crucial ten game span against NL East …

Rays Crush Rockies 11-3, Face A’s Next

In the midst of a terrible season that has seen the Tampa Bay Rays (37-57) …

American League Second Half Outlook

The second half of the baseball season is in full swing which translates to? Pennant races. Teams …

National League Evening Preview

Tonight is a busy night for the National League in the MLB. Starting with the …

Big 12 Looks To Expand

Following a Tuesday meeting between Big 12 presidents, Oklahoma president David Boren announced that the …

LSU Looks To Capitalize On Its Opportunity

The Louisiana State University Tigers will enter the 2016 college football season with high expectations, …

Muschamp Helps Close Out SEC Media Days 2016

It wasn’t Will Muschamps first SEC Media Days experience, but 2016 marked the first time …

Phil Mickelson Leads British Open After First Day

The 145th annual 2016 British Open is underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. The …

Missouri’s Football Crisis: Rebuilding A Program

On the final day of SEC Media Days, Barry Odom took the stand as Missouri’s head …

Second Half Of MLB Season Begins

The All-Star Break is a good time for teams to rest up and reform themselves …

British Open Underway

The 145th Open Championship is already underway at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. Welcome …

Warriors Head to Fifth Straight Finals After Sweeping Portland

The Golden State Warriors are on their way to a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance …