Pioneers Top High Point After Snow Delay

DENVER Junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) scored six goals and had an assist, while sophomore Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) added five goals and two assists, leading Denver to an 18-8 rout of High Point on Monday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

"It was a tale of two halves. We came out hard to start the game, but then the weather started going down and so did our skill level," head coach Liza Kelly said. "High Point played well the whole game and got back into it, but we responded well."

Redshirt-senior Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) added five points, netting three goals and distributing two assists, and sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) also had a goal and three assists for the Pioneers (4-1).

Denver raced out to a 6-1 lead in the first 7:35 of the contest, led by two goals and two assists from Dillon. High Point (2-4) responded with four-straight goals, including two from Sara Kuhlman.

Etzel extended the lead with two more goals on assists from Secora and Remenapp in the waning minutes of the first half, and the Pioneers took an 8-5 lead into the intermission.

After a 2.5 hour snow delay during halftime, High Point netted two goals in the first four minutes of the second stanza to cut the Pioneers lead back to one.

Senior Mikayla Clark's (Eden Prairie, Minn.) second goal of the game kick-started a 10-1 Denver run that included three goals each from Dillon and Secora and two by Etzel. Junior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) scored the other goal in that stretch.

HPU was led by four points from Kuhlam off a hat trick and assist, and Mackenzi Carroll with a pair of goals and assists.

The Pioneers will next host Winthrop on Friday at 1:00 p.m. MT, followed by DU's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener against Fresno State on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. MT.

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DENVER, Colo. -- In a game of momentum swings, High Point came out on the wrong side of an 18-8 score against Denver on Monday afternoon. Junior Sara Kuhlman had a hat trick plus an assist for the Panthers.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 6-1 lead before High Point cut it to 6-5. Denver scored two more goals and led, 8-5, at halftime before a snowstorm came through and caused a 2.5-hour delay. The Panthers got momentum back after the break as sophomores Stephanie Pazulski and Kendyl Gardner both scored to cut Denver's lead to 8-7 with 26 minutes to play, but the Pioneers put it away with eight unanswered goals.

Kuhlman extended her goal-scoring streak to five games. Junior attacker Mackenzie Carroll scored two goals with two assists and junior midfielder Alex Perry had a goal, an assist and two caused turnovers. Gardner had three ground balls and three caused turnovers along with her goal and junior Christie Dougherty had six draw controls.

Denver attacker Jenn Etzel scored six goals with an assist and midfielder Rachael Dillon scored five goals with an assist. Attacker Kara Secora scored three goals with two assists and defender Kate Henrich had five ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls.

Etzel scored the first two goals of the game and Denver led the rest of the way. Carroll got the Panthers on the board with 28:00 left in the first half but it didn't break the Pioneers' momentum. Dillon scored twice in a row after Carroll and it was 6-1 on Jill Remenapp's goal with 22:25 left in the first half.

High Point seized momentum in the second 10 minutes of play, getting four unanswered goals, including two from Kuhlman, to make it 6-5. However, the Pioneers came back with two goals from Etzel before halftime.

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