HPU women’s golf stands third in Big South tourney

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 09:11 PM

The High Point University women’s golf team is in third place after the first round of the Big South Conference Championship at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety-Six, S.C.. Junior Grier Bennett led the Panthers with a even-par 72 and it tied for fifth after 18 holes.

“Campbell played an amazing round,” said HPU head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “We can only control what we do and I am happy with a 310. Grier hit the ball well and had a solid day. Nothing we did was spectacular but it was good enough to keep us in the top three. If we clean up some of the little things tomorrow we will have a great round.”
High Point sits in third place behind Campbell (278) and Coastal Carolina (297). As a team the Panthers carded a 301. Campbell’s Louise Latorre is the leader after day one with a 68.
Bennett shot an even-par 72 to finish the first round in a tie for fifth place. She is tied with Campbell’s Tahnia Ravnjak and Gardner-Webb’s Julia Henderson. Freshman Danielle Fuss also finished in the top 10 on Sunday with a two-over 74. She is tied for ninth in the day one standings with Campbell’s Nadine White and Charleston Southern’s Shelby Thompson.
Sophomore Tan Cheeranont finished the first round with a 77 and sophomore Casey Ward carded a 78. Cheeranont is tied for 21st and Ward sits in a tie for 23rd. Freshman Sarah Bae carded a 79 and is tied for 28th after the first round.
Gardner-Webb is five strokes behind High Point in fourth place, followed by Presbyterian (309), Charleston Southern (310), Winthrop (310), Radford (311) and Longwood (316).

HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE CRUISES PAST WINTHROP
ROCK HILL, S.C. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team scored 12 goals in the opening half to cruise to an 18-7 win over Winthrop on Sunday afternoon.
Senior Mackenzie Carroll tallied eight points on six assists and a pair of goals in the win. Carroll’s six assists match her performance last year at Winthrop for third most all-time in a single game for HPU. Junior Kendyl Gardner recorded five points on four goals and an assist.
“I was very pleased with how we started the game,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “I thought the girls came out with focus and intensity, which I think led to the early lead. We were more aggresive on defense today and did a good job of causing turnovers. Mackenzie Carroll did a great job once again leading our offense andJasmine Jordan is starting to show what she is capable of for our team and is doing a great job all over the field.”
Junior Julia Burns picked up the win making four saves in the cage. Freshman Hayley Peets made two saves in the second half.
High Point wraps up its four-game road swing Saturday at Longwood. The Panthers defeated the Lancers 13-8 in last year’s Big South opener.

PANTHERS’ MILLER WINS POLE VAULT
GREENSBORO — Sophomore Austin Miller won the pole vault to highlight the High Point University men’s track & field team at the Aggie Invitational on Saturday.
Miller cleared 4.65 meters (15-3). Freshmen Jose San Miguel and Isaiah Henderson both had a mark of 4.25 (13-11.25) to come in third and fifth, respectively. The clearance was a career-best for Henderson.
On the track, sophomore Dennis Crawford posted HPU’s best finish with a fifth-place showing in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Andrew Kuras came in 24th in the 100-meter dash crossing in 11.14. Sophomore Kevin Maguire ran a career-best 1:56.16 to finish runnerup in his heat and eighth overall in the 800.
High Point competes in the Big South Championship hosted by Winthrop Thursday-Saturday.

HPU’S COLLIN, PALENCHAR POST TRACK VICTORIES
GREENSBORO — HPU freshman Cozette Collin led the Panthers won the 1,500 meters at the Aggie Invitational on Saturday, while sophomore Alyssa Palenchar took the pole vault.
Collin posted a career-best 4:43.38. Sophomore Katie Farina finished fifth in 4:54.46.
Palenchar cleared 3.65 meters (11-11.75). HPU sophomore Jill Marois finished second at 3.50 meters (11-5.75). Freshman Madison Depner came in fourth at 3.20 meters (10-6).
HPU freshman Natalia Ocasio took third in the 800 in 2:16.57, with senior Colleen Hollowood seventh in 2:20.65. Sophomore Lilla Lorand ran 1:02.32 to win her heat and finish seventh in the 400 hurdles.
High Point competes in the Big South Championship hosted by Winthrop Thursday-Saturday.

HPU MEN’S GOLF PLAYS IN WOFFORD INVITATIONAL
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team will compete in its final tournament before the Big South Championship today and Tuesday. HPU will take part in the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational at the Spartanburg Country Club.
The Panthers will play 36 holes today and 18 on Tuesday. The field includes Appalachian State, Elon, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, James Madison, Lamar, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, Stetson, TCU, USC Upstate, Wofford and Western Carolina.
The Panthers will use the Wofford Invitational as a final preparation for the Big South Championship, which will be played at The Patriot at Grand Harbour in Ninety Six, S.C. April 21-23.