Site: Vert Stadium (High Point, N.C.)
Score: High Point 11, Colgate 10
Records: High Point (1-1), Colgate (0-1)
The High Point University men’s lacrosse team came out on the winning side of an overtime thriller at Vert Stadium on Friday night. Jaxson Lamb scored the game-tying goal with time winding down in regulation before Asher Nolting’s game-winning goal, one of his team-high four on the night, secured the Panther victory. The Panthers sealed their home opener with a 11-10 win over the Raiders of Colgate.
Jon Torpey: “Hats off to Colgate, that’s a well coached team with some really skilled players. I was impressed with the way they played. I was impressed with how our guys dug in. We could not catch a break in the second half offensively, we got a huge goal from Jaxson (Lamb) with 19 seconds left. I’ll tell you what, to win the game in overtime after you lose the face off and have to get a stop, you don’t see that very often and thought Parker (Green) did a great job especially with the clear. What else can you say about Asher (Nolting) he is so elite in terms of everything he does. His growth both on and off the field has been incredible. At the end of the game, Coach Kenny puts the ball in his stick and he did would he always does he took care of us.”
After an early Colgate goal, the Panthers responded with a goal from Koby Russell, his third on the season.
Asher Nolting gave HPU its first lead at 2-1 after he netted his first goal of the night.
The Raiders would answer with the next three goals to take a 5-2 lead with 4:33 left in the first quarter.
Brayden Mayea supplied what a could be an early candidate for goal of the year with a behind-the-back goal, bringing HPU back within two with 3:15 remaining.
Another Colgate goal early in the second extended the Raider lead to 6-3, but Nolting’s second goal of the night put the Panthers back within 6-4. Nolting earned the hat trick with 6:04 left in the half, bringing HPU within one.
Lamb got in on the action with the tiebreaker goal before Michael Ippolito scored the go-ahead goal with 2:25 left in the half, giving the Panthers their first lead since early in the first quarter at 7-6.
HPU took an 8-6 lead into halftime as Hunter Vines scored his first goal of the night with 18.8 seconds remaining in the half.
Colgate opened the second half with a goal, pulling back within one less than three minutes into the half.
Both goalies recorded multiple saves in a scoring drought during the third quarter that lasted nearly 12 minutes but ended as Colgate scored the equalizer with 43.4 seconds remaining in the frame.
Jack Vanoverbeke’s goal in the fourth quarter gave HPU the lead, but it was also short-lived as Colgate answered within the next minute of play. Another Raider goal with 6:25 left in the game put the visitors up, 10-9.
HPU made the most of its last chance with a clutch goal by Lamb that came with 19.0 left on the game clock to tie the contest. Colgate was unable to answer, forcing the game to overtime.
Even as Colgate won the faceoff, the HPU defense worked for the stop as Parker Green made a huge stop and gave the Panther offense a chance.
After a Panther timeout, Nolting wrapped around from ‘X’ to bury the game-winner in overtime and give HPU its first win of the season in an 11-10 battle.
Up Next: The Panthers will face another test as they travel to No. 1 Virginia on Sunday. Faceoff in Charlottesville is set for 3 p.m. In one week’s time HPU will have played both teams that played on memorial day in the 2021 NCAA National Championship in UVA and Maryland.