February 29, 2012

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Second-Half Spurt Sends High Point to Second Win

from press release

High Point, N.C. — The High Point University women's lacrosse team outscored UC Davis 10-3 in the final 18 minutes of action to pull away and pick up a 22-14 win over the Aggies on Wednesday afternoon at Vert Stadium. Mackenzie Carroll and Chelsea Thompson each had three goals and three assists to lead HPU.

"We did a good job especially toward the end of the game," head coach Lyndsey Boswell said. "We were able to gain momentum in the second half and I think that helped us get the win. We were able to focus on the things we needed to execute and that allowed us to go on a few runs."

The Panthers led by just one, 12-11, over the Aggies when Grace Gaeng found the back of the net off a pass from Carroll for the first of five straight goals by HPU. Christie Dougherty and Kendyl Gardner each scored before Carroll and Alec Perry ended the run with two goals in just 25 seconds.

Elizabeth Datino scored to break up the High Point run, but HPU responded right back with four straight goals, including two by Carroll to put the game out of reach. The Panther lead would grow to 22-13 on a goal by Perry with 2:15 remaining before a UC Davis goal in the final seconds brought the final score to 22-14.

Along with Carroll and Thompson, Gaeng, Dougherty, Perry, Gardner, Abby Berrettone, Heather Ziccarelli and Sara Kuhlman all found the net more than once for HPU. Berrettone finished with two goals and one assist in her first appearance for High Point.

Anna Wallingford played the entire game in net for High Point and made 14 saves, picking up her first win of the season.

HPU moves to 2-1 overall and 2-0 at home with the win while UC Davis falls to 2-1 overall.

Neither team gained control of the match at the start of action as High Point led by just one, 4-3, 13 minutes into the game. Berrettone scored her first career goal with 16:26 left, starting a run of three-straight for the Panthers.

High Point led 9-5 at the midway point of the first half but was outscored 3-1 over the rest of the period to go into halftime up only three, 10-7.

UC Davis continued its strong play to start the second half, scoring four of the first six goals of the half to close to within one at 12-11 with 19:14 remaining.

The Panthers win over UC Davis is the first of three-straight games at Vert Stadium. HPU returns to action on Monday, March 5, when the team will take on Holy Cross at 6 p.m.


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