HPU men’s lacrosse ends season with loss at No. 17 Drexel
The High Point University men’s lacrosse team ended its inaugural season with a 14-8 loss at No. 17 Drexel on Saturday. Redshirt-freshman Brad James and freshman Michael Messenger tallied three points each and redshirt-sophomore Anthony Porchetta made 17 saves.
High Point made it a two-goal game in the third quarter, 7-5, before the 17th-ranked Dragons went on a 6-0 run to take control of the game.
“It was great to see the guys keep fighting and cut Drexel’s lead to 7-5 in the third quarter,” said HPU head coach Jon Torpey. “Drexel is a really talented team with a chance to win the CAA. Our Achilles heel all season has been the ability to play all 60 minutes and that showed again today. We have a lot of work to do heading in to next year but these guys have laid the foundation for a successful program.”
Messenger scored a hat trick to lead the Panthers while James had one goal and two assists. Freshman Dan Lomas added two goals and sophomore Matt Thistle had two assists.
Porchetta made his first start of the season, coming up with 17 saves while allowing 13 goals. Redshirt-junior Garrett Swaim picked up five ground balls.
The Panthers were 18-of-19 on clear attempts in the game.
Ben McIntosh recorded six points for the Dragons with four goals and two assists. Robert Chuch added three goals and one assist and Frank Fusco and Ryan Belka each added three points. Cal Winkelman made seven saves for the win in goal.
High Point finishes the season with a 3-12 overall record that includes wins against Towson, Michigan and Mercer.