April 10, 2011

High Point Hits 10-Win Mark in First Season

from press release

FARMVILLE, Va. -- The High Point University women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 12-7 victory over conference rival Longwood behind four-goal efforts by Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) and Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) on Sunday afternoon at the Longwood Athletic Complex in Farmville, Va. Carroll also added a pair of assists.

“We’re super excited to get this road win, and getting our 10th seems like a special one,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “We are playing really well right now, our energy and intensity today was unmatched. Chelsea and Mackenzie both steeped up on offense. Patience and possession were the two keys for us on offense.”

“Defensively, Courtney McLaughlin was unbelievable all over the field,” Boswell added. “She was causing turnovers and making things happen. She came up with the ball at key points in the game for us. We’re so excited about the rest of our season.”

High Point improved to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the National Lacrosse Conference while Longwood dropped to 8-5 and 4-2.

Behind Carroll and Thompson, four other Panthers scored. Defender Courtney McLaughlin (Apex, N.C./Apex (North Carolina)) had a dominant performance with six ground balls and four caused turnovers and Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) also caused four turnovers and added an assist. HPU goalie Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) made seven saves.

For Longwood, Cara O’Brien scored five of the Lancers’ seven goals and goalie Juli Liebig made eight saves.

Longwood jumped out to a two-goal lead – both on O’Brien scores – before the Panthers got on the board with Carroll’s first goal of the game. Kuhlman had the ball on the right side and passed it on Carroll in front for the score with 22:32 left in the first half. The Panthers scored the next two goals to take their first lead – the first by Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) on an assist by Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) before Carroll scored her second goal.

Longwood’s Kelsey Dean scored with just over 10 minutes left in the first half before the Panthers closed out the period with goals by Gaeng and Carroll to take a 5-3 lead into the break. The Panthers were on the attack in the final minutes as Courtney McLaughlin (Apex, N.C./Apex (North Carolina)) took the ball the length of the field, but HPU’s final shot of the half by Christie Dougherty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) sailed wide.

High Point opened the second-half scoring when Thompson passed the ball from behind the net to a charging Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)), who shot it past Liebig with 23:30 left in regulation. The Panthers were back on the board just 40 seconds later when Dougherty scored a free-position goal from the top of the arc.

After Longwood’s Lauren Prasnicki scored with 21:46 remaining, the Panthers broke it open with four goals in four minutes to take an 11-4 lead. The first came on a free position shot by Jasmine Jordan (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Technical) before Thompson scored two in a row and Carroll scored her fourth goal of the game. Longwood’s Cara O’Brien scored to get the Lancers on the board for the first time in 10 minutes, but HPU was right back at it with a Thompson goal assisted by Carroll with 6:06 remaining.

Longwood’s O’Brien scored two goals with 1:10 and 0:28 remaining in the game but the Lancers couldn’t challenge in the second half.

The Panthers are back on the road on Wednesday when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Liberty. The game begins at 5:45 p.m.

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