March 3, 2011

High Point High Steps Past Presbyterian

from press release

CLINTON, S.C. -- Eleven different players scored for the High Point University women’s lacrosse team in a 19-4 win over Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C., on Thursday afternoon. HPU was led by a pair of three-goal scorers as junior Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)) and freshman Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) each notched a hat trick for the Panthers.

“It was a total team effort today,” head coach Lyndsey Boswell said. “We had 11 different players score which is fantastic. Mackenzie and Grace played really unselfishly. Our transition game was very good today and we cause a lot of turnovers. We were excited to get conference play started with a win and it was great to see how hard the girls worked for each other.”

Both teams traded goals in the first minute of action as Thompson scored just 15 seconds into the game before the Blue Hose responded four seconds later with a goal by Kirsten Stenoien. High Point then ran off 12-straight goals over the rest of the half to take a dominating 13-1 lead at the break. Thompson scored two more while Ziccarelli and freshmen Alec Perry (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) and Christie Dougherty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point), each found the back of the net twice. Sophomore Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) helped run the attack for HPU with four assists in the period.

Presbyterian struck first following the break with a goal by Brianne Ward, but the Panthers fired right back with goals by freshman Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) at 24:40 and freshman Kelsy Mugele (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) at 22:28 to push the lead to 15-2. High Point would outscore the Blue Hose 4-2 the rest of the way with freshman Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) assisting on all but one of the scores. Carroll finished with a game-high five assists on the day.

Sophomore Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) played the whole way in net for the Panthers, making three saves to pick up her second win of the season.

With the win High Point improves to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the National Lacrosse Conference. It was also the first road win and first conference win in High Point women’s lacrosse history.

HPU returns home from its two-game road swing on Saturday when the Panthers will play host to Mount St. Mary’s. Gametime is set for 4 p.m.


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