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Florida lacrosse player Danielle Pavinelli (10). [Photo courtesy of Hannah White.]

No. 7 Florida Lacrosse Set to Host Arizona State

The No. 7 Gators lacrosse team (2-2) will host the Arizona State Sundevils (1-2) Sunday at noon at home.

Florida Force

The Gators offense is led by Emma LoPinto, Danielle Pavinelli, Maggi Hall, Emily Hellerย and Ashley Gonzalez.

In its most recent game against Furman, LoPinto and Pavinelli both netted four-goals each and Heller scored an additional two goals. Hall has had eight goals so far this season and Gonzalez has five points.

Additionally, Pavinelli has contributed nine goals with five assists on the year.

LoPinto started all 22 games last season during her freshman year. She finished her rookie season with 63 goals and 97 points. This year as a returner, LoPinto has recorded 15 goals, six assists and 21 points so far in just four games.

LoPinto most recently earned an AAC Weekly Honor Award. She was placed on the AAC Honor Roll earlier this week and was also named Attacker of the Week after week one of the season.

Sundevil Defense

Defensively, the Sun Devils are strong, forcing 21 turnovers so far this season. Key players include freshman Teagan Ng and graduate student Kaylon Buckner. Ng has scored seven goals while Buckner has six.

Graduate student Katie Brodsky is another name to mention as she has caused eight turnovers this season.

Defenders Bella Gaspar and Gigi Gaspar are a set of twins to highlight. Last season, Bella collected 41 ground balls and caused 21 turnovers while Gigi collected 20 ground balls and caused eight turnovers.

The Sun Devils have a matchup against Jacksonville on Friday before traveling down to Gainesville to take on the Gators.

Hoping for Happy Gators

The Gators have had success so far this season with several new additions to the team. Florida brought in eight freshman and three transfers: Tayler Warehime (North Carolina),
Madison Waters (USC) and Emily Diaz (Bryant).

Wareheime is a fifth-year attacker and was a captain on the 2022 UNC national championship team.

The No. 7 Gators will take on the Sun Devils Sunday at noon.

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