Site: Joe Walton Stadium (Moon Township, Pa.)
Score: High Point 13, Robert Morris 11
Records: High Point (4-3), Robert Morris (2-4)
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team was victorious over Robert Morris 13-11 as Brayden Mayea exploded for five goals, he added one assist for six points. Asher Nolting finished with a game-high four assists and had one goal for five points. Nolting is now 16th all-time on the College Lacrosse points list with 306 and is one point away from tying Syracuse great and lacrosse legend Mike Powell.
Coach Jon Torpey: “Really proud of our guys, Robert Morris is a very talented team, with a terrific staff and some elite players, every year that game is a great battle. Our guys made plays when they had too and our staff made some elite adjustments. It’s an honor coaching and working side by side with these guys.”
After a scoreless first five minutes or so Jaxson Lamb provided the first Panther goal of the day off a feed from Koby Russell. Lamb put his Panthers up 1-0 with 9:29 to play in the first quarter.
Nick Rizzo added a second to the Panther total to give HPU a 2-0 goal with 6:18 to play in the first quarter.
RMU answered the 2-0 Panther run near the end of the first quarter scoring with less than three minutes to play. It was a 2-1 HPU lead at the end of the first quarter.
HPU answered the Colonials in the second with two quick goals from Mayea, he was fed by Nolting on both occasions. Mayea put together a backhand finish off a quick pass from Nolting to put HPU up 3-1. Then Nolting was able to find Mayea open on the crease a little over a minute later to push the HPU lead to 4-1 with 10:04 left in the second quarter.
RMU scored again in the latter parts of the second quarter and made it a 4-2 lead for HPU at the half.
Mayea completed the hat trick in the third quarter with 12:19 to go in the third quarter as Rizzo found Mayea to make it 5-2.
Jack Van Overbeke shot and had it saved, he followed his shot scooped up the ground ball then fired it in to make it 6-2 as he finished through contact.
Panthers scored a man-up goal as Nick Murphy found Nolting for the Panther’s seventh of the day. HPU led 7-2 with 10:16 to play in the third.
RMU scored, but Rizzo and Mayea would connect again for goal eight of the day for the Panthers. HPU led 8-3 with 7:28 to play in the third.
The Panther run continued as Sawyer scored on a hard shot to give the Purple & White a 9-3 advantage with 6:16 to go in the third.
RMU scored two unanswered to bring an end to the 5-1 run HPU used to start the third quarter. The Colonials made it only a four-goal lead for HPU (9-5) with 4:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Hunter Vines delivered a much-needed goal for HPU with 3:52 to play in the third quarter which made it 10-5.
Nolting and Mayea connected again as Mayea scored with 2:25 left in the third. On the goal, Nolting picked up his fifth point and Mayea acquired his fifth goal of the day. HPU led 11-6 at the end of the third quarter.
RMU opened the fourth quarter with three goals to make it an 11-9 game with 8:34 to play in the game as the Colonials attempted to chargeback.
HPU answered as Russell scored to make it 12-9 and gave HPU a three-goal lead with 7:16 remaining.
The Colonials scored two straight and made it a one-goal game with 3:40 to play. HPU led 12-11.
Lamb provided a clutch goal late for the Purple & White to help the Panthers neutralize the RMU comeback bid. HPU won 13-11 on the road at Robert Morris.
HPU returns home for another ACC non-conference matchup as the Panthers host North Carolina on March 20th at noon inside Vert Stadium.