Florida got four goals from Shannon Gilroy, the nation's top scorer, and the Gators ran away from Marquette in the second half on Wednesday afternoon for a 16-5 win.
Through the first 11 minutes and change, the Golden Eagles were playing Florida even, including even having a 2-1 lead in the early goings. At that point, the teams were essentially trading goals on alternate possessions, which ultimately wasn't going to work out well for MU. Gilroy scored two of her goals to stake the Gators to a 5-3 lead and Sammi Burgess put them up 6-3 halfway through the opening frame.
This wasn't that bad, really, nor was going to halftime down 8-3 to the #9 team in the country. The downside was that Florida had then scored five goals in a row, and Gilroy made it six straight with the first goal of the second half. Marquette's only hope to make it a game was to slow things down, make stops on defense, and hope to string together at least two goals before letting Florida score again.
This didn't happen.
Nicole Gleason scored her two goals of the game on opposite sides of goals from deep on Florida's bench, and so, with 19 minutes left, it was 11-5. Marquette wouldn't score again, but Florida tacked on five more goals over the rest of the game.
Marquette drops to 4-9 on the season and 0-3 in Big East play. Florida remained undefeated in their first season as a member of the Big East and stands alone in first place at 4-0.
Gleason's two goals led MU in both points and goals in the game. Claire Costanza registered an assist on Gleason's second goal, which gave her 23 on the season, breaking her own Marquette single season assists record.
Up Next: It's back to the road for the Golden Eagles, as they'll be in Philadelphia to take on Temple (8-4, 0-3 Big East) in a Big East clash on Saturday. Game time is 11am Central, and the winner of the game will pick up their first league win of the year.