The weather was perfect this time around as I attended my second UF lacrosse game of the year against the James Madison Dukes. Similar to the Jacksonville game, the Gators went down early when JMU scored first, but then the #7 Gators piled on goal after goal and took a 16-3 lead into the half. The Gator offense then cooled down in the second half as they won handily by a score of 21-8.
Offensively, junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy and sophomore attacker Carly Ross led the team with five goals a piece. The offensive production from these two alone would have been enough to beat JMU! Gilroy also did a good job distributing the ball as she tallied three assists on the night. The Gators took 31 shots compared to JMU's 17. It's no surprise the Gators scored 21 goals this game when their taking nearly double the amount of shots on goal as their opponent. I have noticed that the Gators score early and often, which by no means is a bad thing as most games are over by the half. Scoring has been no problem for the Gators over the course of these last three games (Jacksonville, High Point, James Madison) as they have outscored their opposition 60-23.
Things should be no different on Sunday as the #7 Gators face a Cincinnati team that lost its first game of the season to #15 Notre Dame by a score of 25-1. This game will be at home and will start bright and early at 11:30 a.m. For JMU, the only positives for them leaving this game is that they managed to tie the Gators in second half scoring with five goals. Now 1-1 on the season, the Dukes will look to get back on track as they face the Jacksonville Dolphins on the road at 10:30 a.m. It will be interesting to see how these former UF opponents fair against each other. I expect it to be a competitive game.
*Stats accredited to Gatorzone.com
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