February 12, 2011

High Point Nearly Upsets Virginia Tech in Women's Lacrosse Debut

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point University women's lacrosse team outscored Virginia Tech, 9-6, in the second half, but ultimately came up short, 18-13, in the program's inaugural game on Saturday at Vert Stadium. Sophomore attacker Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) led the Panthers with five goals and freshman attacker Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) added four goals and two assists. Sophomore goalie Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) had 10 saves for High Point.

"It was exciting going into today and we had a good time with a great crowd," said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "We were really happy to play on our home field, it was just hard for us to overcome the experience factor. It was the first game for the majority of our team and everyone did a good job, we just came out flat. We had several standouts like Grace and Chelsea on attack and Lauren Hayes in goal."

HPU was also led by junior midfielder Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)), who added two goals. Freshmen Alec Perry (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) and Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) each scored for High Point. Thompson went 3-for-3 on free-possession shots.

The Hokies were led by attacker Allie Emala who scored five goals. Attacker Jessica Nonn added four goals and Caitlyn Wier dished out five assists.

Virginia Tech started off strong, gaining a 2-0 advantage within three minutes. HPU cut into the lead when Gaeng found Thompson streaking across. Thompson snuck a shot into the right side of the net to make it 2-1, marking the first goal in the program's history. Gaeng hit the first of her five goals with a spinning move in front of the goal and found the open net to cut the Hokies lead to 6-3 with 17:22 left in the first half. Virginia Tech would go into intermission with a 12-4 advantage.

HPU made adjustments and, after falling behind 15-5 early in the second half, trimmed the lead to seven goals (16-9) after Gaeng netted two goals and Thompson scored another. The Panthers were able to get within five when Perry scored on a dish from Thompson to make it 18-13 with 40 seconds left, but HPU ran out of time in the comeback attempt. Gaeng scored four of her five goals in a span of 18:40 in the second half.

Virginia Tech outshot HPU 33-24 and grabbed 26 ground balls to HPU's 18. Freshman Jasmine Jordan (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Technical) led High Point with five ground balls and freshman Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led the Panthers with three draw controls. Sophomore Courtney McLaughlin (Apex, N.C./Apex (North Carolina)) had three ground balls and three draw controls. Libby Rosesbro had five ground balls and Emala had seven draw controls for the Hokies.

The Panthers fell to 0-1 while Virginia Tech improved to 1-0 on the season.


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