HPU men’s lacrosse wins sixth straight

Mar. 15, 2014 @ 10:42 PM

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HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team knocked off UMBC 17-15 on Saturday at Vert Stadium to extend the team’s winning streak to six games. The Panthers remain unbeaten at home this season. Freshman Michael LeClair led HPU with four goals and three assists.
“UMBC is a quality team with one of the best head coaches in the game,” said head coach Jon Torpey. “It is a credit to how hard our team has worked to be able to beat UMBC this season. We have a deep bench and every guy who stepped on the field made a big play to get the win. We have taken this season one game at a time, trying to go 1-0 every day, and the result is a six-game win streak.”
The Panthers moved to 6-2 and stay unbeaten at Vert Stadium, 5-0. High Point has won six in a row and doubled last year’s win total. UMBC dropped to 3-3 on the season.
LeClair tallied a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore Matt Thistle added three goals and three assists and scored the final two goals of the game for High Point. Sophomore Dan Lomas added scored a hat trick with one assist. He has now recorded a point in 18-straight games. Lomas also had two caused turnovers and five ground balls.
Redshirt-junior Austin Geisler made 12 saves in the win, including nine in the second half. Sophomore Jamie Piluso went 20-of-34 on face-offs with 10 ground balls.
High Point wraps up a five-game home stand on Saturday against Mercer at 1 p.m. It is the team’s Play 4Kay game and HPU will be hosting a fanfest with a free cookout, carnival and music by DJ Nico Higgins before the game. If 2,000 fans come to the game Coach Torpey will personally donate $1,000 to Play 4Kay.

FAST START KEYS HPU BASEBALL PAST COASTAL
HIGH POINT — The High Point University baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings on its way to an 11-8 win over Coastal Carolina in the second game of a double header on Saturday night at Williard Stadium. Junior Spencer Angelis led HPU, going 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
“Tonight’s game wasn’t the prettiest ball game after two stellar games to start the series, but I don’t care how we do it as long as we find a way to win the series,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “I was proud of our guys’ effort in a really difficult game. Coastal Carolina played extremely hard. The is a great way to start the conference season.”
The win gave HPU a 2-1 series win over Coastal Carolina, the preseason Big South South Division favorite. It is the Panthers’ first series win over Coastal since winning two out of three at home against the Chanticleers in 2011.
HPU improves to 12-7 overall and 2-1 in the Big South with the win while Coastal Carolina drops to 9-10 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
Freshman Andre Scrubb battled through a difficult outing to earn his first collegiate win, improving to 1-3 on the season. Scrubb pitched 5-1/3 innings and allowed five earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out seven. Senior John Maloney pitched the final 3-1/3 innings to earn his third save of the season. Maloney allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out one.
Cole Schaefer lasted just 1/3 of an inning, taking the loss for CCU. Schafer gave up four earned runs on two hits and two walks.
High Point jumped on the Chanticleers early in the game, scoring sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Panthers quickly loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by junior Josh Spano and sophomore Tim Mansfield and a walk by Angelis. A wild pitch by Schaefer scored HPU’s first run then the Panthers stacked four-straight RBI singles as juniors Dane McDermott and Tony Fortier-Bensen each drove in one, senior Kyle Brandenburg drove in two and freshman Josh Greene drove in one.
Coastal scored once in the top of the second on an RBI single by Tyler Chadwick in the top of the second, but High Point came right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 9-1. The Panthers took advantage of several CCU miscues in the inning, as all three runs that scored were unearned. Angelis scored his second run of the game on a throwing error by the CCU second baseman and both freshman Brenden Rivera and McDermott scored when a throw from third was muffed by the CCU first baseman and rolled up the right field line.
A three-run home run by Coastal’s Zach Remillard cut the HPU lead to 9-4 in the top of the third before Angelis struck with an RBI double in the bottom of the frame to open the lead back to six at 10-4. Spano walked with one out in the inning and came around to score on the hit by Angelis.
Coastal scored one run in the sixth on an RBI single by Chadwick but Angelis once again had an answer with an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to once again score Spano.
Coastal scored three in the top of the eighth and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but were unable to close the gap as the Panthers ended the game with a double play to take the series.
Spano went 2-4 in the win and matched his career-high with three runs scored. Greene, Mansfield and Fortier-Bensen joined Angelis and Spano with multiple hits as Greene went 2-5 with an RBI, Mansfield went 2-5 with a run scored and Fortier-Bensen went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
High Point wraps up its current eight-game homestand this week with a home game against North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Panthers are 5-2 through the first seven games of the homestand with two weekend series wins. First pitch in the game against the Aggies is set for 6 p.m.

COASTAL BASEBALL NIPS HPU, 1-0
HIGH POINT — The High Point University baseball team fell to Coastal Carolina by a score of 1-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Williard Stadium. The loss evened the weekend series at a game apiece.
Senior Mike Krumm took the hard-luck loss to fall to 3-2 on the season. Krumm allowed just one earned run in seven innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out four.
Tyler Herb picked up the win for Coastal Carolina, improving to 2-3 on the season. Herb pitched 7-2/3 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out six. Tyler Poole pitched the final 1-1/3 innings to earn his fifth save of the season.

HPU MEN BAG THREE TRACK VICTORIES
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The High Point University men’s track and field team wrapped up a successful first weekend in the outdoor season on Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Senior Evan Emery won Saturday’s 100-meter dash event.
Emery crossed the line in 10.61 in the 100-meter dash on Saturday to become HPU’s third event winner of the weekend. On Friday, junior Christian Spaulding broke the HPU javelin record with a mark of 68.19 meters (205-10). On the track, the 4x800-meter relay team of Luke Goodrich, Eddie Whitlock, Kevin Maguire and Paul O’Donoghue placed first in a time of 7:51.65.
The Panthers continued their success on Saturday in both track and field events. Sophomore Dennis Crawford won his heat and was the runnerup in the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best 14.50. Crawford also placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.34.
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Chris Colo had a fourth place showing finishing in 9:34.64 while sophomore Kevin Maguire came in 10th in 9:58.64.
Redshirt-junior Max Coleman had the Panthers best finish in Saturday’s field events with a runner-up showing in the high jump. Coleman posted an outdoor season career-best mark of 1.90-meters (6-2.75).
Also in the field events, sophomore Harris Coley finished sixth in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.30 meters (14-1.25).

MALLOY SPARKS PANTHER WOMEN
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The High Point University women’s track & field concluded a successful first weekend meet in the 2014 outdoor season. The Panthers had several strong performances over the weekend including a fifth-place finish by senior Audrey Malloy in the 3,000-meter race on Saturday.
Malloy was the Panthers’ top finish on Saturday when she crossed in 10:42.32 in the 3,000-meter to finish fifth. Elsewhere on the track Saturday, freshman Cozette Collin won her heat in the 800-meter race and placed sixth overall by finishing in 2:18.93.  Meanwhile, junior Lilla Lorand finished eighth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.35.
On Friday, HPU had two runner-up finishes on the track. Senior Colleen Hollowed placed second in the 800-meter with a time of 2:25.59 while sophomore Emily De Lena came in second in the 200-meter dash in 26.23.
In Saturday’s field events, freshman Erika Bridges had HPU’s best finish coming in sixth in the high jump with a clearance of 1.50 meters (4-11). On Friday, freshman Amanda Gregory won her long jump competition with a distance of 5.26 meters (17-3.25) while Christine Rickert was runner-up in the javelin with a mark of 43.96 meters (144-03).
High Point will return to competition at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem Friday and Saturday.

HPU’S MCGILLICUDDY TOSSES ONE-HITTER
HIGH POINT — Junior John McGillicuddy threw a complete-game one-hitter as the High Point University baseball team opened conference play with a 3-0 win over Coastal Carolina on Friday night in Williard Stadium.
“This was really high-level baseball here tonight,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “There were tremendous defensive plays on both sides but the story of the night was the special performance by John McGillicuddy. A one-hitter on an infield single is about as good as I have ever seen. I was proud of the way our offense grinded it out and found a way to score three runs against a very good pitcher. This should give us a lot of momentum heading into tomorrow.”
McGillicuddy needed just 90 pitches through nine innings to pick up his second win of the season and the first complete game of his HPU career. The only hit allowed by the junior was an infield single by Connor Owings in the first inning. McGillicuddy was dominant throughout the game, never allowing a single CCU base runner to reach second base.
The complete game by McGillicuddy is the first for the Panthers since Ryan Retz threw a complete game against Ohio on March 6, 2013. The right hander is now 2-1 on the season with a 1.46 ERA.
High Point got on the board in the bottom of the second inning with two runs to put the Panthers up 2-0. Spencer Angleis scored a doubled by Chris Clare, who later scored on a sacrifice fly.
High Point added to its lead with a run on an RBI single by sophomore Dominic Fazio to go ahead 3-0.
Greene and Fazio each recorded two hits for the Panthers with Greene also scoring a run. Clare finished 1-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.