Florida opened up the game by scoring seven goals on their first nine shots in just over 15 minutes as the #2 Gators ended up with a 15-5 win over Marquette on Wednesday afternoon in Gainesville.
It was just an absolute domination by the Gators, as they won six of the seven draw controls that lead to those goals and held Marquette to just two shots in the process. UF's overall team speed, both on the run and with their hands, ran roughshod through Marquette on both ends of the field. The Gators were able to slice and dice Marquette's defense for free and easy shots on goalie Sarah Priem, while the Florida defense shifted and adjusted to prevent MU from having anything resembling a real attempt on the net.
The final score doesn't really explain the thorough crushing that Florida laid on Marquette. Look: The Gators scored the first 15 goals of the game, including 12 in the first half. The running clock kicked in on the 10th goal, so the second half just flew by, right up until the Gators started diving deep into their bench. Marquette head coach Meredith Black left her starters out there, and that's how the Golden Eagles ended up rifling in the final five goals of the game in the final 12 minutes. That, and the Gators just kept turning the ball over.
The good news is that the five goal outburst down the stretch meant that this didn't become the worst loss in Marquette history, at least from a final score perspective. It was never going to match the 19 goal loss to Louisville in Year One, but for a while, it was on track to be worse than the two goal output in that game.
Marquette drops to 1-2 in Big East action and 4-9 overall.
Up Next: Marquette will return to the Valley for their next game. They'll be hosting Temple (9-3, 1-1 Big East) at 1:30pm on Saturday as the second half of a lacrosse doubleheader with the Marquette men's team's game against Providence. The Owls will play Connecticut on Wednesday afternoon before heading to Milwaukee.