HPU women’s lacrosse tops Longwood

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 10:21 PM

The High Point University women’s lacrosse team kicked off its Big South schedule with a 13-8 win over Longwood on Wednesday afternoon at Vert Stadium. Junior Mackenzie Carroll led HPU with four goals and two assists while senior Grace Gaeng notched a hat trick in the win.

“We were really happy to be back home and be able to show what we’re capable of as we start conference play,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We executed better on offense and defense and we’re focused on improving every day.”
Gaeng’s hat trick was her second in a row and freshman Emily Meier scored a career-high two goals to go along with an assist. Meier also had a team-high five groundballs followed closely by junior Sara Kuhlman, who had four. Junior defender Cissy Woodyard had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Longwood had three two-goal scorers and junior attacker Laura Prasnicki posted five assists. Mary Barondess had a game-high five draw controls.
High Point improved to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in Big South play while Longwood fell to 6-4 and 2-2.
The Panthers will continue their current four-game home stand on Monday when the team welcomes Coastal Carolina to Vert Stadium. It will be HPU’s first-ever game against the Chanticleers, who are in their first year of Div. I competition.

HPU MEN’S LACROSSE FALLS IN DOUBLE OT
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team scored twice in the last 1:29 of regulation to force overtime but Lafayette scored the game-winner in the second OT for a 10-9 win over the Panthers on Wednesday night at Vert Stadium. Sophomore Matt Thistle had two goals and two assists for HPU.
Down by one, 9-8, with less than a minute remaining, freshman Dan Lomas cut in front of the Lafayette goal and scored to tie the game with 33 seconds left to play. Lomas scored off a pass from Matt Thistle to knot the game at 9-9.
With the clock running out during the second overtime period Lafayette came up with a lose ball at midfield. The HPU defense had moved forward to fight for the ground ball leaving Lafayette’s Kevin Wanke alone to catch and pass and score the game-winning goal.
“Obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted tonight,” said head coach Jon Torpey. “But I thought the guys fought hard and showed a lot of improvement from the Brown game. We really had some tough breaks in the overtime, with shots off the post, but it was a great effort after the first quarter. We will keep working hard and getting better as we prepare for Mercer this weekend.”??High Point won both face offs and outshot the Leopards 7-1 in the overtime periods. The Leopards went the length of the field and scored to win the game on their only shot of extra time.
HPU falls to 2-8 while Lafayette improves to 3-7.
Redshirt-freshman Mitchell Dupere chipped in two goals, two caused turnovers and three ground balls. Freshman Dan Lomas, redshirt-freshman Adam Seal, freshman Mike Messenger and redshirt-junior Bucky Smith each tallied two points with one goal and one assist. Sophomore Pat Farrell had four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Redshirt-sophomore Austin Geisler made 10 saves in goal
Sonny Round led the Leopards with four points on three goals and one assist. Morgan Westby added two goals and two assists. Jake Hyatt picked up the win in goal with 15 saves.??HPU went down 3-0 in the first quarter after giving up three early goals.
The Panthers got on the board with 1:27 left in the first period on a goal by Thistle. HPU forced a turnover in the midfield and broke into the offensive zone. Lomas passed the ball ahead to Thistle who beat the Lafayette goalie with a low shot to make the score 3-1. ??
Thistle pulled the Panthers back within one midway through the second quarter, scoring with 9:44 remaining in the half. Thistle set up off the left post and took a pass from Messenger which he wrapped around the post and into the goal to make the score 3-2.
Lafayette took advantage of HPU penalties to score twice over the next five minutes and pull ahead by three, but High Point came right back with a goal in the last minute of the half by Seal to make the score 5-3 at the half. Smith pulled High Point back within one in the opening minutes of the third quarter, scoring with 13:39 left in the period to make the score 5-4.
The score remained unchanged for nine minutes until Dupere scored from distance off a pass from Seal to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:32 left in the third.
High Point took its first lead of game with 13:45 left in the fourth quarter on a goal by Messenger to make the score 6-5. Lafayette went on a three-goal run to take back the lead, 8-6,  with 5:40 remaining in regulation.
After Dupere and Lafayette’s Brian Bock traded goals to make it a 9-7 LC lead, the Panthers scored two in a row to tie the game. Thistle passed through traffic for freshman Bryce Parietti who fired a shot past Hyatt with 1:29 on the clock. With 32 seconds left in the game Lomas tied the score 9-9 and sent the game in to overtime.
High Point won the ground ball battle, 31 to 24 and also went 12-of-22 at the face-off X. The Panthers were 14-for-16 on clear attempts while the Leopards went 16-for-26.
High Point will travel to Macon, Ga. on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game at Mercer. The Bears are 3-5 this season.