March 22, 2011

Gaeng Leads High Point to Fifth Straight

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The High Point University women's lacrosse team extended its winning streak to five with a 13-10 win over Binghamton on Monday night at Vert Stadium. Sophomore attacker Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) led the Panthers with four goals and two assists and goalie Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) made 10 saves.

“It was a hard-fought game on both ends, Binghamton is a good team,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We prepared hard for them and made adjustments at halftime, so we’re happy to get our fifth win in a row. Lauren Hayes played excellent in the goal once again. Offensively we had a couple different people step up. Defensively everybody stepped up, so everybody was doing their part tonight.”

With the win High Point improved to 6-2 overall whlie Binghamton fell to 1-7 on the season. The Panthers are 1-0 in National Lacrosse Conference play.

Attackers Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) and Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) added two goals each for the Panthers. Thompson also had an assist and three ground balls. Midfielder Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) netted a goal, had thee ground balls and four draw controls.

Binghamton was led by midfielder Beth Moore, who led all scorers with five goals. Ali Castiglie added three goals for the Bearcats.

Carroll started the scoring early for High Point, netting her first goal in the first minute to put HPU ahead. Binghamton answered quickly with two Castiglie goals to give the Bearcats a 2-1 advantage. High Point scored six unanswered goals, the last of which by Thompson to put HPU ahead 7-2 with 5:19 left in the first half. HPU would take a 7-2 lead into intermission.

Binghamton came out strong after the break scoring three quick goals to make it 7-5 with 26:55 remaining. After an HPU timeout, Gaeng answered with her 22nd goal of the season a few seconds later to push the HPU lead to 8-5. Thompson added a goal less than a minute later to make it 9-5 with 26:16 remaining. Moore scored with 10:03 to bring Binghamton within two scores (10-8), but it was as close as the Bearcats would get. HPU's Alec Perry (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) scored less than a minute later to make it 11-8 and added a few late scores by Christie Dougherty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) and Kuhlman to push the final margin to 13-10.

High Point travels to Florida to take on Jacksonville University on Friday at 4 p.m. It will be the Panthers' second NLC game and Jacksonville's league opener. The Panthers host Fresno State on Sunday at 10 a.m.


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