BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team scored eight goals in less than five minutes in the first half, including a hat trick freshman Kristina Renner, to pull away early for a 20-2 win over Campbell on Monday afternoon at Gore Field in Buies Creek, N.C.
“Coming off a loss, we were looking to minimize our mistakes and I felt like we did that today,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “Campbell came out strong in the first few minutes but our attack came together after that. I was happy to get experience for some younger players today and have everyone contribute. We have an important week to get ready for our two games this weekend and the Big South Tournament next week.”
Junior midfielder Alec Perry scored four goals, Renner had three goals and three other players scored twice for HPU. Redshirt-senior attacker Grace Gaeng had one goal and four assists. Junior midfielder Jasmine Jordan had three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. The Panthers outshot the Camels 36-9.
High Point improved to 7-7 overall and 5-1 in Big South play, locking up the No. 2 seed for the Big South Tournament. Campbell fell to 6-6 overall and 1-5 in the Big South.
Perry scored the first goal of the game with 28:12 left in the first half but Campbell countered with a score from Erica Hitch with 27:46 on the clock. The next six minutes went scoreless before the Panthers broke it open.
Kuhlman scored a free-position goal with 21:35 left in the first half. It was the first of 13 unanswered goals for the Panthers. Renner scored her first goal on an assist from Gaeng just 40 seconds later and the flood gates were open. Freshman Kasey Calloway scored her first collegiate goal with 18:30 to go and Perry and Renner each scored twice.
The Panthers made it 10-1 at halftime when redshirt-freshman Emilee Pugliese scored with 52 seconds on the clock. Jordan completed a clear and passed the ball to passed the ball to Pugliese in the midfield, who went up the middle for the score.
Pugliese scored on an assist from Christie Dougherty to open the second half. Dougherty scored one of her own with 25:44 remaining and five others scored before the game was over. Freshman Natalie Devine scored her first collegiate goal and Callaway scored her second and added her first assist. Campbell got a goal from Lauren Day with 21:41 on the clock, which made it 14-2 at the time.
Senior goalie Anna Wallingford played the first 41:03 in cage before sophomore Julia Burns finished it. Campbell goalie Brittany Kincer made 11 saves.
High Point plays its last Big South game on Saturday on the road, taking on Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C., at 1 p.m. High Point hosts Ohio State on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Vert Stadium to finish off the regular season.