In the clash between two top-10 lacrosse teams, the number seven Florida Gators fell short to the number six Maryland Terrapins 14-13 on Saturday. The game went right down to the wire but the Gators took their second loss of the season at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
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Both teams broke into the first half in a back-and-forth battle for the lead. Maryland scored in the first 27 seconds but Florida junior Maggi Hall answered to even the score. North Carolina transfer Tayler Warehime scored her first goal as a Gator to push the score 5-4. However, the Terrapins netted two goals to finish the quarter up 7-4.
Maryland scored the first goal of the second frame to lead 8-4. Soon after, the Gators hustled four unanswered goals in the cage to tie the quarter 8-8. Two of the four goals came from sophomore Emma LoPinto who has tallied a point in 22-straight games with the Gators. Hall made the next two goals to tie the game before the half.
Florida clinched the third quarter with an exceptional defensive performance. They held the Terrapins to a scoreless quarter and tallied two goals to take the lead, 10-8. Junior Ashley Gonzalez netted the Gators their first goal of the quarter and LoPinto followed behind with her third goal of the day.
In the final quarter of the game, Maryland busted out with two shots to tie up the game 10-10. LoPinto responded with her fourth goal of the day putting the Gators up 11-10. The Terrapins turned it up a notch with three goals but Hall scored for the Gators pushing them up to 13-12. Danielle Pavinelli tied the game but the Terrapins scored the winning goal with only 17 seconds remaining in the game.
The Gators will jump right back into action on Tuesday as they host the Furman Paladins at Donald R. Dizney Stadium. Open draw is set for 12 p.m.