February 23, 2016
High Point attackman Dan Lomas unleashes the game-winning shot in overtime Tuesday against Virginia at Klockner Stadium. (John Strohsacker)
High Point attackman Dan Lomas unleashes the game-winning shot in overtime Tuesday against Virginia at Klockner Stadium. (John Strohsacker)

High Point Stuns Virginia on Lomas' OT Winner

from LaxMagazine.com staff reports | Twitter

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In just its fourth season of men's lacrosse, High Point knocked off oneof the sport's Goliaths on Tuesday, defeating No. 10 Virginia 12-11 in overtime.

All-American senior attackman Dan Lomas scored his fourth goal on the first possession of overtime, capitalizing on a gutsy faceoff win by freshman Alex Woodall and on a feed from junior midfielder Sean Harrison.

High Point (1-3) led by as many as five goals, 10-5, late in the third quarter. Zed Williams put Virginia (1-2) on his back and forced overtime. Williams' first goal of the game came at the 5:10 mark in the third quarter, which started a run in which the junior midfielder scored five of the Cavaliers' next six goals in the midst of a 6-1 run. Virginia exploited several Panthers penalties, including an illegal equipment penalty early in the fourth quarter, to mount its comeback.

At the 9:04 mark in the fourth quarter, James Pannell scored on an AJ Fish helper to bring the deficit to one goal, 10-9. Pannell had a chance to tie it after Virginia won the ensuing faceoff, but his shot hit High Point goalie Tim Troutner (15 saves) in the chest. The Panthers ran some clock and Matt Thistle scored at 4:41 after the 30-second shot clock had been instituted, giving High Point an 11-9 lead.

After the Panthers turned the ball over with about a minute left due to a 30-second shot clock violation, Williams scored his fourth goal to bring Virginia back within one, 11-10, with 45 seconds left. On the ensuing faceoff, High Point was tagged for its third faceoff violation of the second half, setting up an extra-man situation. Pannell found Williams to tie the game 11-11 with 24 seconds left. Virginia won the ensuing faceoff, but couldn't sink a shot, sending the game to overtime.

Woodall won the overtime faceoff and High Point immediately called timeout. Harrison found Lomas for the game-winning goal with 3:33 left in overtime.

The loss for Virginia snaps a 36-game winning streak in mid-week games. The last time the Cavaliers lost a mid-week game was an 11-8 setback to Notre Dame on March 14, 2001.

Williams finished with a game-high six points. Pannell added two goals and three assists for Virginia.

Lomas' four goals led High Point. Thistle finished with three goals and one assist.

The Panthers' victory punctuates an ambitious season-opening 12-day stretch that included games against Duke, Boston University, Maryland and Virginia. After upsetting the Cavaliers, High Point was the talk of Twitter.





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