Site: Rock Hill, S.C.
Score: High Point 23, Winthrop 2
Records: High Point 3-8, (2-1), Winthrop 1-10, (0-3)
ROCK HILL, S.C. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team won big over Winthrop 23-2 as nine different Panthers scored. Mena Loescher led HPU in goals scored with seven goals she added one assist for eight points. Abby Hormes had a game-high nine points as she had six goals and three assists.
Lyndsey Boswell: “I’m really proud of this group, we had another great team win today. We had great execution on the defensive side of the ball, in transition, and settled play. Our offense connected well and found the back of the net in the first quarter setting the tone for the remainder of the game. Our leaders are doing a great job getting back to our pace of play and I’m just really excited about the opportunity to get better with this group every day.”
Winthrop scored the first goal of the game then HPU went on a ten-goal run. Winthrop scored to make it 10-2 then HPU rattled off 13 more goals to win 23-2. Holding Winthrop scoreless for three straight quarters as the two Eagle goals came in the first quarter.
Loescher tied the game at 1-1 with 13:03 to play in the first, 13 seconds after Winthrop struck first.
HPU took the lead on a Pia Cavallaro goal with 11:53 to go in the first.
Kay Rosselli kept the foot on the gas for the Panthers to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead about 20 seconds later. Cavallaro added another as she scored two goals in less than a minute. The Purple & White took a 4-1 lead.
Hormes got a friendly roll and got her shot to go as she put HPU up 5-1 with 11:04 to go in the first.
The Panther run continued as Mandy Brockamp scored then was followed up shortly after by a Nicole Pugh goal as she caught it on the run and finished on the crease.
Loescher, Rosselli, and Hormes put the Panthers up 10-1 with 4:31 left to play in the first.
With 4:19 remaining in the first, Winthrop made it 10-2. That is the last Eagle goal that was scored in the game.
Hormes ended the explosive Panther quarter with another goal to give HPU an 11-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A little over a minute into the second quarter, Loescher put the Panthers up by 10, 12-2.
Loescher scored again then assisted Hormes, then put in another to quickly make it 15-2 in the second quarter.
Julia Nicastro ended the second quarter with a goal and HPU took a 16-2 lead into halftime.
Hormes opened the third quarter with two quick goals to go up 18-2 with 10:01 remaining in the quarter.
Loescher added on Hormes’ two goals in the third with two more of her own to make 20-2 with 5:19 to go in the third quarter.
Emma Eustace scored her second straight goal in as many games to give HPU a 21-2 lead after three quarters.
HPU added two more goals in the fourth quarter as Paige Harms scored two in the quarter as HPU went on to win 23-2.
HPU will host Presbyterian College on Saturday at 1:00 PM for HPU’s annual Friends of Jaclyn game in Vert Stadium.