GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The 13th-ranked Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team dropped its season opener at No. 7 Florida, 15-6, Saturday afternoon.
For Florida (1-0), Mollie Stevens had five goals.
The game opened as an offensive battle, with the teams combining to net 10 goals within the first 20 minutes of play.
Geiger won the opening draw and Kamely got the scoring started with the first goal of the season just 1:24 into play. Florida was quick to answer, scoring at 27:52 and 25:43, before Blakeman evened the score at 2-2 with 24:50 on the clock.
The Gators again had a quick answer, scoring 15 seconds later, before adding two more goals within the minute. A fourth-straight Florida goal at 22:50 gave the Gators a 6-2 advantage.
Wolf stopped her first shot on Florida's next possession and Kamely turned it into a goal at the other end, assisted by Blakeman, at 20:39.
Florida pulled ahead 7-3 with a goal at the 19:12 mark, but the two teams would buckle down defensively from there, with each defense allowing just one goal before the halftime break. The Gators scored at 5:09 before Powers' first career goal at 4:14, on a free-position attempt, pulled the Greyhounds within four, 8-4.
The Gators opened the second-half with a goal at 26:54 before Filippelli gave up a free-position attempt to assist Kamely. Kamely's first career hat trick pulled the Greyhounds within four with 25:40 to play, but five-straight Gator goals gave Florida a 14-5 advantage with 13:14 to play.
Kamely snapped the streak with her fourth goal at 12:23, but the Gators closed out the scoring in the game with a goal at 11:14 to account for the final score 15-6.
The Greyhounds will return on the road and will face a second-straight top-10 foe on Sunday, Feb. 14, as they travel to No. 3 Syracuse. Opening draw is scheduled for noon from the Carrier Dome