Site: Vert Stadium (High Point, N.C.)
Score: High Point 15, Bellarmine 4
Records: High Point (3-3), Bellarmine (1-7)
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team defeated Bellarmine 15-4 on Saturday afternoon inside Vert Stadium. Asher Nolting had a goal and five assists for six points. He now has 301 career points and sits in 18th all-time in career points in College Lacrosse. He is 99 points away from Lyle Thompson in first who accumulated 400 points during his time in Albany.
Coach Torpey: We have had a heck of a stretch this season with what we opened with. Anytime you are at the tail end of a three-game week, and you have played the opponents we have you wonder can your guys recover. I am proud of how our guys have done that, they are making great decisions off the field. This was a good, hard-fought win. Anytime you play Bellarmine you know they are gritty and are going to be scrappy. I told their coach before the game; I know your guys love lacrosse. We knew we would have a great battle today. Proud of how our defense played and proud of our offensive guys for not deviating from the game plan when Bellarmine switched their defense a few times we did a good job communicating.
Asher on 300: This is a surreal feeling, I was talking to my dad about it and you don’t put up these kinds of expectations going into your college lacrosse career. I definitely did not think I would surpass 300 points, knowing how hard it is to do. The fact that I have gotten here, I can’t thank all my teammates in the past enough. The Chris Young’s, the Connor Robinson’s, the Mayea’s, the Sean Coughlin’s, I have to give them a lot of credit because these are mostly assists so if they don’t bang these in I am not anywhere close to this. I couldn’t have done it without them or obviously Coach Broschart I have to thank him and give him credit for all the opportunities he gives me to score and feed the ball. It’s an honor and I am excited to keep climbing this list.
HPU and Bellarmine answered each other back and forth for the first five goals of the game. Brayden Mayea and Michael Ippolito had the two first goals for HPU. Bellarmine took a 3-2 with 7:36 to play in the first quarter.
Nolting scored as the shot clock expired to tie the game at three with 4:41 to play in the first.
Nolting found Mayea who scored to give HPU its first lead of the day. HPU took a 4-3 lead into the half.
From this point on, the Purple & White went on to outscore the Knights 11-1.
Jack Sawyer threw a few fakes then finished to give HPU its fifth goal of the day early in the second quarter.
Koby Russell and Tyler Hendrycks added to the Panther lead with a goal each to put HPU up 7-3 with 11:30 to play in the second quarter.
Sawyer lobbed one up to Ippolito who finished it put the Panthers up 8-3 with 10:11 to play.
With 10:05 to go in the second, Nolting made history and achieved his 300th point on a feed to Mayea.
Mayea added one more and gave his Panthers a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth.
HPU added two more in the third quarter from Russell and Mayea. Mayea ended the day with five goals.
Bellarmine scored at the end of the third quarter and made it 12-4.
Three more HPU goals were scored in the fourth including a first for Isiah Moran-Weekes who was assisted by Alex Albertson.
High Point went on to win 15-4.
High Point heads up to western Pennsylvania to face Robert Morris on Saturday, March 12th at 1:00 PM.