Buckeyes top Panthers in women’s lacrosse

Mar. 10, 2014 @ 07:33 PM

The High Point University women’s lacrosse team fell at No. 20 Ohio State 13-5 on Monday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio. The loss wrapped up a tough four-game road trip, which featured two games against top-20 nationally ranked opponents, and moved the Panthers to 2-3 overall on the season.

“I think we had the right game plan going into today’s game but we fell behind early, which made it tough for us to overcome the deficit,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “Our offense just wasn’t coming together today, which took momentum away from our defenders. Overall, I think that the defense kept us in the game but it was tough since we played so many minutes on defense. We’re looking forward to getting back on the practice field before we play again Friday but even more than that it will be nice to play at home in front of our fans and in our stadium.”
Senior Alec Perry scored two goals in the contest to give her a team-high 12 points on the year while Sara Kuhlman, an Ohio native, had a goal and an assist for High Point.
Junior Julia Burns made six saves in the cage for HPU.
The Panthers were outshot by Ohio State 25-14 and 19-8 in shots on goal in the game. HPU had 10-of-14 successful clears while the Buckeyes were successful in 12-of-13 attempts.
High Point returns to Vert Stadium on Friday for a game against Villanova at 3 p.m. It will be the Panthers’ first home game since the season-opening win over American on Feb. 8 and will mark the start of a five-game home stand for HPU.

HPU’S KIRKUP, GEISLER EARN ATLANTIC SUN AWARDS
For the second time this season the High Point University men’s lacrosse team swept the Atlantic Sun weekly awards. Graduate student Stevie Kirkup was named the ASun Offensive Player of the Week and redshirt-junior Austin Geisler was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Kirkup scored six goals with two assists in help High Point to a pair of wins over Michigan and VMI.
Geisler picked up his third Atlantic Sun weekly honor this season. He recorded 26 saves in the wins over Michigan and VMI with a 7.50 goals against average and .632 save percentage.
High Point is 5-2 on the season with a five-game win streak. HPU is 2-0 against Atlantic Sun opponents and sits in first place in the league standings. The Panthers host UMBC on Saturday at noon.

HPU’S BURNS TAKES BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF WEEK
Junior Julia Burns of the High Point women’s lacrosse team has been named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week. Burns picked up her second win while making five saves in the cage in the Panthers’ 16-6 win over UMBC on Wednesday.
Burns started off Wednesday’s contest with four quick saves that allowed the Panthers to quickly transition into attack and pull away from the Retrievers. The junior blocked several close range shots by UMBC to preserve HPU’s lead while also grabbing a ground ball in the cage.
On the season, Burns has started all four games in net for the Panthers while posting a 2-2 record and sporting a .431 save percentage with a 9.39 goals-against average.

PANTHERS’ SPANO NAMED TO BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
WICHITA, Kan. — Junior catcher Josh Spano of the High Point University baseball team has been named to the 2014 Johnny Bench Award Watch List by the Wichita Area Sports Commission. The award is given annually to the top Division I catcher. This is the second time that Spano has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The junior has started all 16 games this season and is hitting .233 with seven RBI, seven runs scored and a team-best 10 walks.
The watch list of 72 will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on May 15.