April 3, 2011

High Point Continues Home Dominance

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The High Point University women's lacrosse team defeated Detroit, 21-5, to bring its home record to 8-1 on Sunday at Vert Stadium. Attacker Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) led HPU with four goals and an assist. Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) and Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) added three goals each for the Panthers.

"We were really excited to get this last win and go 8-1 at home this season," said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "We played well all over the field today. We hope to take some of this momentum on the road and hopefully get some conference wins and compete for a the conference tournament championship."

High Point improved its overall record to 9-3 and improved to 3-1 in the National Lacrosse Conference. Detroit fell to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in the NLC.

Gaeng added two assists and two draw controls to her total. Attacker Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) had two goals, two assists and five ground balls for the Panthers. Kelsey Kirby (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty High School) netted her first two goals of the season and added three ground balls. Jasmine Jordan (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Technical) and Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)) each contributed two goals and a assist. High Point outshot Detroit 38-12 and produced 30 ground balls to Detroit's 15.

Detroit was led by midfielder Anna Eidem's two goals and two draw controls. Goalie Marybeth Flanagan recorded 10 saves for the Titans.

Detroit jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Lindsey Saunders and Emily Boissonneualt. HPU responsed quickly on Kirby's first goal of the season when the defender took a turnover coast to coast to make it 2-1. High Point would score 10 consecutive goals to take a commanding 10-2 advantage. During the run, Gaeng recorded her three scores, while Thompson and Kuhlman each netted two goals. Jordan ended HPU's first half scoring run with her sixth goal of the season to make it 13-5 going into intermission.

The Panthers started the second half strongly as Ziccarelli and Carroll scored goals in the first three minutes to extend High Point's lead to 15-5 with 27:51 remaining. Thompson scored her 30th goal of the season with 17:09 left to make it 18-5. Kuhlman finished the scoring for High Point, netting her 23rd goal of the season with 7:17 left to give HPU a 21-5 margin. High Point outscored the Titans 8-0 in the second half.

High Point returns to action next Sunday as it travels to Longwood for an NLC matchup. Heading into Sunday, Longwood sat atop the NLC standings with a 7-3 overall record and 3-0 mark in the conference. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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