HPU women’s lacrosse sends seniors off with 19-4 victory

• All eight HPU seniors posted a goal in the win over Radford
• Senior Emily Meier led the Panthers with five points (2g, 3a)
• It marked the fourth straight game HPU has limited its opponent to less than five goals

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The High Point University women’s lacrosse team (10-4, 6-0) sent its seniors off in style with a 19-4 victory over Radford Saturday evening.

All eight seniors scored for the Panthers in their final regular season game inside Vert Stadium, helping the Purple & White jump out to a 10-1 lead and a 15-2 halftime advantage.

The Panthers held significant advantages in shots (32-5), ground balls (21-7), draw controls (18-7) and caused turnovers (11-2) in the contest.

With the victory, the Panthers improved to 6-0 in Big South play for the second time in three seasons.

“It was great to see how our seniors started and finished the game,” head coach Lyndsey Boswell said. “Their energy and intensity was excellent for 60 minutes. I’m really proud of this group and how they performed in front of their friends and family. This was an exciting and emotional night – these girls have contributed so much to this program over their four years.”

A season-best 14 different Panthers posted a point in a strong overall effort by the Purple & White. Senior Emily Meier led the way with five points, marking her sixth-straight game with at least four points. The Sayville, N.Y. native – who entered the game in the top-10 nationally in assists – dished out another three in the victory.

Fellow senior Allie Foard added a hat trick for the Panthers and freshman Emory Gaeng chipped in three points on two goals and an assist.

Senior Kasey Callaway tied her career best with two goals in the contest while junior Samantha Brown chipped in three points on a goal and two assists. Sophomores Darla Poulin, Erin Ilchuk and Brooke Stevens all contributed a goal and an assist in the victory.

Senior Kristina Renner continued her possession-grabbing power Saturday, notching a four draw controls to go along with a pair of goals.

Callaway and sophomore Erica Perrotta each registered two caused turnovers, while freshmen Molly Andrews and Victoria Lomangino each played a half in the cage and contributed to the strong defensive effort.

HPU has now limited its opponent to less than five goals in four-straight contests.

Renner and Meier each contributed a pair of goals to help the Panthers jump out to a 5-0 lead at the 23:51 mark of the first half. The Purple & White used a 5-0 spurt to increase the advantage to 10-1 and the Panthers held a 15-2 edge at the break. Senior defender Tori Dunster posted the second goal of her career to end the half.

In the second half, senior Clara Osmont recorded her first goal of the season to highlight a stanza in which the Panthers held the Highlanders without a goal over the final 17:16.

With the victory, HPU improves to 19-0 all-time against Big South opponents inside Vert Stadium.

HPU wraps up the 2016 regular season with a pair of important road contests. High Point travels to Longwood (7-8, 3-3) on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. showdown in Farmville. HPU then wraps up the regular season with a big tilt at Winthrop (15-2, 6-0) next Sunday (Apr. 24) at 1 p.m.