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<p>Lindsey Ronbeck runs toward the goal during Florida's 14-4 loss to Maryland on March 19, 2016, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.</p>

Lindsey Ronbeck runs toward the goal during Florida's 14-4 loss to Maryland on March 19, 2016, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

It took nearly 49 minutes of game time for Florida to concede a goal against Marquette on Wednesday.

With about 11 minutes left to play, freshman goalie Haley Hicklen allowed MU junior attacker Amanda Bochniak to net her team’s first goal of the afternoon.

The Golden Eagles proceeded to score the match’s final four goals, but the effort was too late.

Behind 12 first-half goals, the No. 2 Gators' (13-1, 4-0 Big East) victory was never in doubt, and they cruised to a 15-5 win.

Freshman Lindsey Ronbeck scored four of her season-high five goals in the opening half.

Ronbeck said that she was able to get a good look at the back of the net, which has happened more often in practice lately.

"I just transferred that into the game and just remembered to see around the goalie instead of the actually goalie, because I usually shoot into her, so I think that helped a lot," she said.

While the Gators won just three of eight draw control opportunities in the second half, they finished the game with more draw controls (11-9) than the Golden Eagles (4-9, 1-2 Big East).

It was just the fifth time this season that UF had more draw controls than its opponent, but it was also the second time in a row.

Florida won 12 of 23 draw control opportunities in Saturday’s 14-7 win at Georgetown.

"In practice, throughout the weeks, we’ve been really focusing on trying to work hard every single day and trying to focus on getting all the ground balls," Defender Taylor Bresnahan said.

Ronbeck said that winning the draw is important because it brings a sense of confidence to both the offensive and defensive units.

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Florida found success on free positions, scoring on 4-of-6 opportunities.

That marked the highest percentage the Gators have shot this year when attempting at least five free-position shots. Ronbeck scored three from the mark while redshirt senior Nicole Graziano scored one of her two goals from the free position.

Coach Amanda O’Leary said that, normally, she ends practices with free position drills, but lately the players have taken it upon themselves to work on free positions early in the day.

"They’re really connecting on those eight meters and just playing, really, an unselfish game at this point," O’Leary said.

Junior attacker Sammi Burgess joined Graziano and Ronbeck as the three UF players who scored multiple goals. Overall, nine players scored for the Gators, including every starting attacker and midfielder.

In addition, junior Carli Marsh and freshman Madi Hall came off the bench to score one goal apiece.

It was the second game in a row that all active players saw the field for Florida.

O’Leary said that she was pleased with her team's performance, as the Gators outmatched Marquette in shots, ground ball pickups, draw controls, clears percentage and free-position percentage.

"This team is on a roll," she said.

Contact Kyle Brutman at kbrutman@alligator.org and you can follow him on Twitter @KBrut13

 

Lindsey Ronbeck runs toward the goal during Florida's 14-4 loss to Maryland on March 19, 2016, at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

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