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History shows that when Florida coach Amanda O’Leary and Temple

lacrosse are put together in the same sentence, it usually means an

Owls win.

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But on Saturday at Dizney Stadium, O’Leary paced the sidelines

against her alma mater for the first time, coaching the No. 14

Gators to a 19-4 win over the Owls (1-4).

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a two-time All-American player in lacrosse and field hockey,

O’Leary previously led Temple to a 19-0 record and the 1988

national championship in her senior season.

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“For me, it was a long, long time ago and I have such fond memories

of Temple,” she said. “So it’s exciting to see your alma mater

playing.”

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Despite the familiarity and good rapport with the program, the

Gators (6-1) did not take Temple lightly. Sparked by three of

Caroline Chesterman’s four goals, Florida went on a 9-0 run

starting late in the first half and continuing after halftime. The

flurry of goals increased UF’s advantage to 14 with 14 minutes left

to play. 

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“We knew we’d be able to exploit their defense because they

pressure really high,” Chesterman said. “And Kitty [Cullen], Janine

[Hillier] and Brittany [Dashiell] are really good at driving on

1-v-1’s, so we knew they’d be able to take them.”

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The Gators’ offense continued to be diverse, as at least seven

players scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game. Tewaaraton

Watch List honoree Kitty Cullen pocketed five goals and added an

assist off a free position shot to Hayley Katzenberger.

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Cullen could have tied her single-game record of six goals in one

game for a third time off the penalty shot, but instead chose to

pass to a wide-open Katzenberger. 

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“There were numerous examples today where our players really looked

off shot to find a better option and the fact that Hayley was able

to catch that ball and finish was fantastic for her,” O’Leary

said.

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The redshirt-freshman scored the first two goals of her career in

the second half after sitting out last season due to an

injury. 

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