High Point Drops Tight Battle to Delaware in Inaugural Game

HIGH POINT, N.C. - High Point University came up short in the program opener against Delaware on Saturday at Vert Stadium. The Panthers outscored Delaware in the fourth quarter but fell to the Blue Hens, 12-10.

"I am happy with the effort even if I am not happy with the result," said head coach Jon Torpey. "Delaware is a really good team and our guys fought the entire game. We had a couple defensive lapses and that was the difference in the game. We really appreciate the support from everyone who came out. It was a great atmosphere."

Freshman Dan Lomas led High Point with five goals, including two in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Matt Thistle notched a goal and three assists. Redshirt-freshman Adam Seal collected two points, with one goal and one assist.

Redshirt-sophomore Austin Geisler made 14 saves in the loss. Delaware goalie Chris Herbert came up with 12 saves.

Delaware got on the board first with a goal by Eric Smith at 11:07 in the first quarter. Redshirt-freshman Brendan Montrello tallied High Point's first goal, to tie the score 1-1, with 9:42 on the clock. After the Blue Hens took the lead back, 2-1, High Point scored two in a row. Thistle tied the game, 2-2, with a goal at 8:13 and assisted Adam Seal's goal a minute later to put the Panthers on top 3-2.

The Blue Hens scored four unanswered goals to open up a 6-3 lead with five minutes left in the second quarter. Lomas and Smith traded goals to make it a 7-4 game at halftime.

Delaware scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to open up its biggest lead of the game, 12-8. Lomas cut the lead to two with back-to-back goals assisted by Thistle but High Point ran out of time, scoring the final goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Lomas also led HPU with six ground balls while Thistle and Geisler picked up five each. Sophomore Chris Davila won 10 of his 19 faceoffs and picked up four ground balls.

High Point will host Towson on Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Vert Stadium. It will be the first game of the season for the Tigers who went 7-8 last season.

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The University of Delaware men's lacrosse squad enjoyed yet another season opening victory Saturday afternoon as the Blue Hens kicked off the 2013 campaign with a hard-fought 12-10 non-league win over NCAA newcomer High Point at Vert Stadium.

The game marked the first official NCAA Division I game of the 2013 collegiate men's lacrosse season, which the Blue Hens have traditionally played in - and won - over the last decade.

Delaware (1-0), which received votes in the pre-season United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Top 20 poll, took the lead for good after scoring the first three goals of the second quarter and then held off a late High Point flurry to win their 11th straight season opener.

Seniors Eric Smith and Nick Diachenko, junior Connor McRoy, and sophomore Brian Kormondy each scored two goals apiece as the Hens received a balanced effort. Sean Finegan, Tom Holland, Danny Keane, and Connor Frisina each added a goal as well. Smith, back in action after missing all of last season with a back injury, also dished out an assist for the Hens.

High Point (0-1), a first-year NCAA program, put in an outstanding effort and fell despite getting a game-high five goals from Dan Lomas. Matt Thistle added a goal and three assists while Adam Seal contributed one goal and one assist.

Delaware outshot the Panthers by a 46-31 margin, held a 52-46 advantage on groundballs, and won 14 of the 26 faceoffs. Delaware's Tyler Barbarich won 14 of his 23 attempts at the x. Delaware goalkeeper Chris Herbert had 12 saves for the Hens while High Point netminder Austin Geisler turned back 14 shots.

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2013-02-02



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