February 11, 2012

High Point Rallies Past Navy in Opener

from press release

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Christie Dougherty scored with just over four minutes left in the game to give the High Point University women's lacrosse team their first lead of the day and lift the Panthers to an 11-10 win over Navy in the season opener on Saturday at Vert Stadium.

“Navy is the type of quality team we need to get wins over,” said head coach Lindsey Boswell. “The team did a great job listening to us at halftime and making adjustments in the second half.  Julia Burns was great for us in the cage today.”

Heather Ziccarelli fed a pass to Dougherty with 4:20 left in the game. Dougherty was able to shoot the ball past Navy goalie Elaina Ponchione to give High Point an 11-10 lead, the team's first lead of the game.

High Point outscored Navy 7-3 in the second half, including three goals by Dougherty to battle back from a 7-4 deficit at halftime.  HPU scored the final three goals of the game and kept Navy from scoring for the final 15 minutes of play.

Freshman Julia Burns made five saves, including a huge save on a free position shot by Navy's Kathy Young in the final minutes of the game to earn her first career win.

Ziccarelli had two goals to go with her assist of the game-winning goal. Chelsea Thompson also notched a pair of goals to go with three assists and Alexis Goldman added two goals. Courtney McLaughlin led the team with four groundballs and Jasmine Jordan came up with three draw controls.

Ziccarelli started the scoring for HPU with a goal two minutes in to the game, assisted by Thompson. At 12:25 in the first half Navy took its first lead on a free position goal by Jill Coughlin. Navy controlled the rest of the half, leading 7-4 at the break.

Dougherty scored the first two goals of the second half to cut Navy's lead to 7-6. High Point wasn't able to tie the score until 8-8 when Thompson found the back of the net midway through the second half. Navy took the lead back, 10-8, with back-to-back goals from Danielle Vivonetto and Molly Hamilton. The Panthers scored the final three goals of the game and kept Navy off the board for the final 15 minutes to secure the win. Kendyl Gardner knotted the game at 10-10 on a free position goal and Dougherty scored the game winner.

High Point plays again on Feb. 22 at Virginia Tech. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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