March 25, 2011

Derner Paces Jacksonville Past High Point

from press release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The High Point University women's lacrosse team got four goals from sophomore Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) but a eight-goal Dolphin run in the second half put the Panthers away in a 17-10 loss on Friday afternoon at Milne Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

High Point fell to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the National Lacrosse Conference while Jacksonville improved to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in the NLC.

Behind Gaeng's four goals, Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) and Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) each scored twice. Thompson also posted an assist, Christie Dougherty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) led the team in draw controls (four) and Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led HPU in ground balls (three). Jacksonville's Morgan Derner and Ellyn Spangenberg each scored four goals while goalie Karli Tobin made 10 saves.

Gaeng scored all four of her goals in the first half, including a free-position goal as time ran out that got HPU within a goal (6-5) at the break. Jacksonville's Kaitlin Stewart scored the first goal of the game 2:55 into the action before Kuhlman evened it just over a minute later. After the teams traded scores, Jacksonville got out to a 6-3 lead when Derner scored with 5:47 remaining in the half. Gaeng scored twice in the final minutes to bring the Panthers back within one at halftime.

Jacksonville's Ali Hoffman scored the first goal of the second half before Thompson scored to get the Panthers back within one (7-6) with 27:15 left in the game. Jacksonville scored the next eight goals, including three by Spangenberg and two by Derner, to take a commanding 15-6 margin with 16 minutes left. High Point regrouped and scored four of the last six goals but couldn't get back into contention.

"Although we lost, I really feel like we played like a team today and we've definitely been working on that for the last couple games, trying to get defense and offense to play together," said Gaeng, a sophomore captain. "I think we can take a lot from this game. We showed a lot of class and positive attitude when we hit controversy."

Jacksonville led the draws, 17-11, in the game and held High Point to just 2-for-8 on clear attempts in the second half. HPU goalie Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) made six saves.

The Panthers travel back home for a Sunday morning matchup with Fresno State at Vert Stadium. The game begins at 10 a.m.

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