Site: Vert Stadium (High Point, N.C.)
Score: High Point 18, Detroit Mercy 8
Records: High Point (5-4), Detroit Mercy (1-5)
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team won big over Detroit Mercy, 18-8 on Saturday (Mar. 26) afternoon at Vert Stadium. Asher Nolting had a career day scoring five goals and had six assists for a career-best 11 points which also set the program record for most in a single game. Nolting moved into 11th all-time for points in the history of College Lacrosse. Brayden Mayea was second in scoring with four goals on the day in the win.
Coach Jon Torpey: It was a total team effort. I think what I was most proud of is the fact that we talked about executing on a couple of different things throughout the course of the week and I feel like we did a good job with those things. Loved the way we cleared the ball, I thought we did a great job in the ride, defensively did a good job executing the game plan, and then offensively we pushed a couple of times where we could have been a little more possession heavy but all around just a great effort from the guys. Any time you can get the majority of your guys on the field it’s a special day in Division I lacrosse.
Detroit Mercy scored in the first minute of the game but HPU was able to answer a minute later as Henry Mudlaff scored his first of the year off the face-off.
Nick Murphy who has been one of the top weapons on HPU’s man-up unit stepped again today when his number was called scoring the second HPU goal of the day with 11:18 to go as HPU used the man up to take a 2-1 lead in the first.
After assisting Murphy, Nolting rattled off two straight goals to give HPU a 4-1 lead with 6:37 remaining in the first.
A little more than a minute later, Mayea got in on the action scoring off a feed from Nolting, 5-1 with 5:20 in the first.
Nolting picked up a hat trick in the first quarter as he gave HPU its sixth goal of the day off an assist from Jack Vanoverbeke.
Hunter Vines kept the Panther scoring rolling putting HPU up 7-2 with 1:15 to go in just the first quarter. He was assisted by Nolting.
In the second quarter, the scoring started up again on a Michael Ippolito goal putting HPU up 8-2 about five minutes into the second quarter.
Detroit Mercy scored to make it 8-3 but Vanoverbeke scored right back pushing the lead back out to 9-3 with 5:03 left in the third.
Goal number four on the day came from Nolting with 1:38 left in the first half.
With five seconds left the Panthers turned back the clock to 2018 and showed shades of Chris Price against Maryland as with five seconds to go in the half Mudlaff moved the ball up the field and found Nolting who swung it to Mayea who scored with a second left before halftime.
HPU took an 11-4 lead into the break.
High Point opened the third with two quick ones as Mayea and Vanoverbeke scored in less than a minute putting the Panthers up 13-8 with 12:47 left in the third.
Murphy picked up his second of the day off of a feed from Mayea who then scored another goal of his own just moments later.
Nolting scored his fifth of the day with 4:11 to play in the third as HPU popped up to a 16-4 lead.
Detroit Mercy scored two goals to end the third, it was 16-6 heading into the final quarter.
HPU added two more in the fourth one on nearly a behind-the-back finish from Ippolito then Isiah Moran Weekes scored the second of his young career.
High Point went on to win 18-8 in its military appreciation game.
The Panthers start conference play with a trip to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins as SoCon play begins.