May 1, 2011

High Point Edges Jax in OT for NLC Crown

from press release

- The High Point University women's lacrosse team won the National Lacrosse Conference Championship in the team's inaugural season with a 13-12 overtime victory over No. 1-seed Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Christie Dougherty (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) scored the game-winning goal with 3.2 seconds left in the first section of overtime. Freshman Sara Kuhlman (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) led HPU with four goals on the day while Dougherty finished with three.

High Point's defense allowed just two Jacksonville goals through the final 20 minutes of regulation and all six minutes of overtime. Sophomore Lauren Hayes (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown (Connecticut)) made a career-high 14 saves in the win including three in the overtime period.

High Point improves to 15-3 in its first season while Jacksonville falls to 14-5.

After the Panthers fell into a 4-1 hole, freshman Mackenzie Carroll (Arnold, Md./Severn) set up a pair of goals – the first coming off the stick of freshman Chelsea Thompson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) with 8:30 left and the second less than a minute later when Carroll passed it from behind the net to Dougherty, who found the back of the net.

Jacksonville's Derner scored the second of her three goals of the half with 4:50 left to put the Dolphins up 5-3 before Kuhlman's three strikes.

Kuhlman's first goal came on a free position shot before Sarah Michel scored for Jacksonville. Kuhlman won the ensuing draw and took it all the way to the cage to get HPU within 6-5 with 2:45 on the clock. After Cosgrove scored again, Kuhlman scored her third goal of the half when she evaded a defender in front and shot it in from the right side. Jacksonville's Derner would put her team back up by two, 8-6, with seconds on the clock in the first half.

The Panthers opened the second half outscoring Jacksonville by a 4-1 margin to take a 10-9 lead on a goal by Dougherty with just over 21 minutes left. Kuhlman, sophomore Grace Gaeng (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School (Maryland)) and junior Heather Ziccarelli (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta (Monroe CC)) all found the back of the net for the Panthers before Dougherty flashed through the middle beat the keeper with a low shot past the JU keeper to put HPU ahead for the first time.

High Point led, 12-11, late in the game when Jacksonville managed to tie the game with a goal by Ali Hoffman with 1:24 remaining. The Dolphins won the ensuing draw control and appeared to win the game in the final second on a free-position shot, but the apparent game-winning goal was waived off sending the game to overtime.

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