HPU men’s lacrosse surges past Richmond

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 09:46 PM

The High Point University men’s lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to rally past homestanding Richmond 11-7 on Saturday. The Panthers improved to 4-1 in Atlantic Sun play.

“Give credit to Richmond,” said HPU head coach Jon Torpey. “They are a really well coached team that showed a lot of poise and effort today. Our team has been resilient all year and that showed once again today. We did a great job at the face-off X and cleared the ball well. I am proud of the players and staff for pulling out the win today.”
Sophomore Jamie Piluso went 20-of-22 at the face-off X, including a perfect 12-of-12 in the second half to lead the HPU comeback. Piluso also scored one goal and picked up a career-high 12 ground balls. Sophomore Brad James led HPU with four point on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Dan Lomas and freshman Michael LeClair each added a hat trick. Redshirt-junior Austin Geisler made 11 saves, with eight in the second half.
High Point improved to 8-4 overall. The Panthers are tied with Mercer for the league lead. Richmond dropped to 3-9, 1-2.
High Point scored the final eight goals of the game to go from trailing 7-3 to the 11-7 win. Tyler Cook started the run with an unassisted goal with 2:28 remaining in the third quarter to cut Richmond’s lead to 7-4. Harris Levine scored his first career goal to tie the game 7-7 with 10:52 to play. He picked up a ground ball on a caused turnover by Pat Farrell and went down for the score. LeClair notched the game-winning goal with 6:47 remaining and the Panthers went on to the 11-7 win.
Lomas has scored in 13 straight games and tallied a point in 22 straight games. Richmond’s biggest lead was 7-3, on a goal by Jean-Luc Chetner at 8:43 in the third quarter. It was the final RU goal of the game.
High Point welcomes North Carolina to Vert Stadium for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

PANTHERS FALL TO KEYDETS, 4-3
HIGH POINT — The High Point University baseball team fell 4-3 to VMI on Saturday night in Williard Stadium, evening the weekend series at a game apiece. Freshman Josh Greene went 2 for 4 for HPU with a run scored.
“This was another good ballgame tonight that was close throughout,” HPU head coach Craig Cozart said. “Bases loaded with two outs in the fifth and Josh Spano hits a rocket right at the left fielder. That is baseball; it is a game of inches sometimes. We just didn’t push the runs across when we had the opportunities.”
Mike Krumm (3-5) took the loss for High Point. Krumm pitched four innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out two. Freshman Cas Silber took over in the fifth and pitched the final five innings, allowing just one earned run on two hits and three walks while striking out a career-high six.
Taylor Edens earned the win for VMI after entering the game with the bases-loaded and two outs in the fifth inning. Edens escaped the jam and pitched three innings in which he allowed just one run on two hits and struck out two batters. Berkley Hawkins pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing just one hit, to earn his second save of the season.
The loss by High Point ended a five-game conference winning streak for the Panthers. HPU drops to 20-15 overall and 8-6 in the Big South with the loss. VMI improved to 19-14 overall and 7-7 in the Big South.
The Keydets took a 3-0 lead through the first three innings, scoring one run in the first and two more in the third. Jordan Tarsovich led off the game with a home run for VMI’s first run and Eric Mayers drove in two with an RBI single in the third.
The Panthers pulled back within one in the fourth inning, plating two runs to make the score 3-2. High Point loaded the bases on a single by Greene and walks by juniors Spencer Angelis and Brady Williamson. Sophomore Dopminic Fazio drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly to right then HPU scored its second when a throw on a stolen base by Williamson went into the outfield, allowing Angelis to score from third.
After VMI pushed its lead back to two with a solo home run by Meyers in the top of the eighth, High Point came right back in the bottom of the frame with a run of its own to pull back within one. Williamson hit a two-out single into the left that skipped past the VMI fielder and rolled to the wall, allowing Spano to score from first.
The Panthers put the tying run on in the bottom of the ninth when junior Dane McDermott doubled down the left field line, but senior Kyle Brandenburg grounded out to second for the final out in the contest. McDermott finished 2-5 on the night with his ninth-inning double.
Tarsovich and Mayers combined to go 4 for 8 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored for the Keydets.
With the weekend series tied at one game apiece, High Point and VMI will meet for the rubber game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Freshman Andre Scrubb will start for the Panthers and will look to pick up his third win of the season.

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 overall in the 400 hurdles.
High Point will be back in action next weekend at the Big South Championship hosted by Winthrop. The meet will run from Thursday-Saturday.

PANTHERS’ MILLER WINS POLE VAULT AT AGGIE INVITATIONAL
GREENSBORO — The High Point University men’s track & field team wrapped up its final competition prior to the Big South Tournament next weekend at the Aggie Invitational on Saturday. The Panthers featured a limited field of athletes in preparation for next weekend’s meet in Rock Hill, S.C.
Sophomore Austin Miller led the Panthers winning the pole vault with a clearance of 4.65 meter (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 as runner-up in his heat and eighth overall in the 800-meter.
High Point will be back in action next weekend at the Big South Championship hosted by Winthrop. The meet will run from Thursday-Saturday.

HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE VISITS WINTHROP SUNDAY
ROCK HILL, S.C. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team will look to pick up its fourth win in as many games Sunday when the team travels to Winthrop to play the Eagles at 1 p.m. The Panthers have opened up league play with three straight wins including a 17-5 victory over Liberty on Friday.
HPU is now a season-high two games over .500 at 7-5 on the year after Friday’s win over the Flames. Winthrop stands 4-9, 1-2.

HPU WOMEN’S GOLF BEGINS BIG SOUTH TOURNEY PLAY SUNDAY
NINETY-SIX, S.C. — The High Point University women’s golf team competes in the 2014 Big South Women’s Golf Championship beginning Sunday. The three-day tournament will be hosted at the Patriot Golf Club for the seventh consecutive season and the eighth season overall.
The Panthers earned the No. 3 seed in the conference championship based on their national GolfStat ranking of 93. It is HPU’s highest-ever seed in the Big South Championship.
Campbell has secured the No. 1 seed in the Big South Women’s Golf Championship based on its current GolfStat national ranking of 53, the highest among the nine Big South women’s golf programs.
Defending champion Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 85 in the nation by GolfStat and receives the No. 2 seed. Winthrop earns the No. 4 seed with its national ranking of 134 while Longwood, ranked No. 156, will be the No. 5 seed in the championship. Gardner-Webb (159) received the No. 6 seed and Host Charleston Southern received the No. 7 seed (No. 167), just ahead of Radford (No. 8, 173). Presbyterian College rounds out the field at No. 9 (206).