HPU baseball, men's and women's lacrosse post wins
Freshman Josh Greene hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 12th inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the High Point University baseball team a 2-1 win over Elon on Wednesday night at Williard Stadium. Greene drove in both HPU runs in the win.
“Baseball is a crazy game sometimes,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “Our team was relentless and it was great to get this win. I have to give a lot of credit to our pitchers. Peter Ripke had a great start and our bullpen was outstanding. Josh Greene really showed up today with both RBI. Anytime you can win an extra-inning game it is great but this one was something special.”
High Point got the winning run on base with one out in the 12th when junior Tony Fortier-Bensen earned a walk. The Panther shortstop moved to second on a wild pitch then was advanced to third on a bunt single by senior Kyle Brandenburg. Greene came to the plate and worked the count full before lofting a fly ball to center to score Fortier-Bensen.
Freshman Cas Silber earned the win to improve to 2-0. Silber pitched a scoreless top of the 12th, allowing no base runners and striking out one. Jacob Baker (0-1) was charged with the loss.
High Point improves to 8-5 with its second win over the Phoenix in five days, while Elon drops to 8-4.
High Point continues its current nine-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against defending MAC champions Bowling Green. The teams will open the series on Friday at 6 p.m.
HPU MEN SLIP PAST MICHIGAN
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team picked up its fourth straight win with a 9-7 victory over Michigan on Wednesday at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Dan Lomas scored five goals, including two in the fourth quarter. Redshirt-sophomore Adam Seal had game-high eight ground balls.
The Panthers trailed 7-6 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Lomas tied the game with a score on a pass from Matt Thistle with 5:23 remaining. Michigan got off three shots and took nearly two minutes off the clock before Garrett Swaim caused Mike Hernandez to turn the ball over. On the clear, Stevie Kirkup got the ball to Lomas in front of the Michigan cage for the go-ahead goal, 8-7, with 2:35 to play in the game. Mitchell Dupere added an insurance goal with 1:09 on the clock to seal the 9-7 win.
High Point improves to 4-2 on the season, topping their three wins from a year ago. Michigan dropped to 2-4.
“We got another great fourth-quarter effort and it was fun to watch,” said head coach Jon Torpey. “They played with a lot of energy and limited mistakes on defense. Austin Geisler had a great night in goal and Jamie Piluso and Adam Seal did a great job winning face-offs and ground balls.”
Lomas led the team with goals while four other Panthers scored one goal each. Sophomore Matt Thistle had three assists and graduate student Stevie Kirkup tallied one goal and one assist.
Jamie Piluso won 14-of-20 face-offs and picked up four ground balls. Seal led the team with eight ground balls from the wing. Harris Levine had four caused turnovers and three ground balls and Pat Farrell had three caused turnovers.
Austin Geisler made 17 saves for the win, including 10 in the second half.
It was a close game the entire time, with no team getting more than a two-goal advantage. Lomas and Brad James staked the Panthers to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter but Michigan would score four-straight goals to take a 5-3 lead early in the third quarter.
Thistle assisted two goals, one each by Kirkup and Lomas, to tie the game 5-5 at the start of the fourth quarter. Once again Michigan took the lead, 7-6, on Ian King’s third goal of the night. The Panthers scored the final three goals of the game for the 9-7 victory.
High Point had a 46-34 shot advantage in the game and picked up 34 ground balls to Michigan’s 24. High Point went 11-of-14 on clear attempts while Michigan was 17-of-18.
The Panthers return to Atlantic Sun play on Saturday against VMI. The Keydets come to Vert Stadium for a 1 p.m. face-off.
PANTHER WOMEN COLLAR RETRIEVERS
CATONSVILLE, Md. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 16-6 win at UMBC on Wednesday evening. The Panthers’ 16 goals were the most by the team this season and helped snap the team’s two-game skid.
“I’m really proud of the way this team responded after the loss at Virginia Tech,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We worked extremely hard these past two weeks, which showed today. Today was a full team effort. We had had a lot of different scorers, which is a reflection of how hard these girls pushed each other every day in practice. The defense stepped up and made some big plays and Julia Burns made some huge saves to give us momentum in our transition.”
The Panthers received goals from 11 different players: Emily Meier, Alec Perry, Kendyl Gardner, Sara Kuhlman, Leah Pace, Stephanie Pazulski, Mackenzie Carroll, Christie Dougherty, Emilie Pugliese, Allie Foard and Abby Berrettone. Meier, Perry, Foard, Pugliese and Pazulski all finished with two goals. It was the first goals of the year for Foard, Pazulski and Pace while Kuhlman and Dougherty finished with three assists each.
HPU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Sara Kuhlman found Emily Meier right in front of the net within the first minute of action for the first goal of the contest. The Panthers followed that up with a fast break goal brought on by a couple of quick passes that led to Mackenzie Carroll finding Alec Perry near the crease for a one on one with UMBC goalkeeper, Anna Barnett. Perry’s goal was her sixth of the season and Carroll’s second assist on the year, which gave her 192 points for her career. With the assist, Carroll passed Grace Gaeng’s previous HPU record of 191 career points. Carroll finished the game with 193 career points.
After jumping out to the early lead, HPU never looked back. Following a UMBC goal, the Panthers closed out the half on a 7-0 run to end the first period of play up 9-1. High Point continued its dominance in the second half scoring the first two goals in the second period before a UMBC goal broke the Panthers’ 9-0 run. High Point ended the game with two final goals in the last five minutes to close out the 16-6 win.
HPU outshot the Retrievers 28-13 including a 23-11 advantage in shots on goal. The Panthers’ defense was able to limit UMBC to just 5-for-13 in clear attempts in the game while HPU went 9-for-12 in clear attempts.
Julia Burns picked up her second win of the season in net for High Point. Burns made 5 saves while playing all 60 minutes in the cage for HPU.
High Point wraps up its four game road trip on Monday at Ohio State at 3 p.m. The Panthers fell to the Buckeyes in the regular-season finale last year 15-10. Perry and Gardner both recorded hat tricks for the Panthers in that contest.