Site: Rock Stadium (Jacksonville, F.L.)
Score: High Point 13, Jacksonville 14
Records: High Point (5-5, 0-1), Jacksonville (9-2, 1-0)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team dropped their SoCon opener to Jacksonville, 14-13, on Saturday (April 2) afternoon. Brayden Mayea, Michael Ippolito, and Jack Vanoverbeke scored two goals apiece.
Coach Jon Torpey: “We will fix all our deficiencies and get back to work on Monday.”
Trey Smith opened the scoring for HPU putting the Panthers on the board first with a long pole goal. The first of the day in college lacrosse as noted by US Lacrosse Magazine, giving HPU an early 1-0 lead.
With 9:27 left in the first Nick Rizzo added to the Panther lead.
Nick Murphy gave HPU a 3-0 lead with 8:36 to play in the first as HPU got off to a hot start.
JU replied with two straight in the middle of the first quarter.
Asher Nolting scored with less than a minute to go in the first to answer and give his Panthers a 4-2 lead.
JU scored five straight goals in the second quarter going up 7-4.
The first HPU goal of the quarter came with 46 seconds to go as Brayden Mayea scored man-up with an assist from Nolting. Mayea made it 7-5 bringing HPU within two.
The Dolphins scored at the end of the quarter to go into the break up 8-5.
Michael Ippolito scored with 13:09 to go in the third making it 8-6. HPU made the first move out of the locker room.
Mayea made it a one-goal game with 11:47 to play in the third.
Ippolito tied the game at eight as he provided quite the lift for HPU out of the break.
JU would go back up by one but Vanoverbeke tied the game at nine with a goal with 9:33 left in the third.
JU scored three consecutive goals to take a 12-9 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Jack Vanoverbeke was able to cut the Dolphin lead to two as he notched his second goal of the game.
The Dolphins scored to make it a 13-10 game with 11:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Koby Russell made it a 13-11 game.
Isaiah Moran-Weekes brought the Panthers within one on a man-up goal with 5:33 to play.
The game entered a lightning delay with 3:32 remaining in the game which stopped play for nearly an hour.
JU was able to find one more at the 2:30 mark. Jackson Clay was able to make it a 14-13 game with a goal of his own before time expired.
HPU will host VMI on Friday night at 7:00 PM inside Vert Stadium.