High Point Defeats Longwood in Big South Semifinals

High Point controlled the momentum early in the first half, scoring nine unanswered goals in 15 minutes to take a decisive advantage. Longwood broke the silence and got on the board with an unassisted goal by Prasnicki with 7:15 remaining in the period. The Lancers added another score when McKenzie dished a strong pass to Brentlinger for the shot on goal to make it 9-2 at 6:51. The Panthers retaliated quickly, however, ending the half on a 5-0 run to take a 14-2 advantage into the break.

The Lancers struck first coming out of halftime, as Brentlinger found Prasnicki open for the score. High Point answered with back-to-back goals to take a 16-3 lead with 22:51 still to go. After eight minutes of scoreless action, Longwood notched two consecutive goals, as Brentlinger and Barondess each found the back of the net unassisted. High Point scored once more in the outing, and although the Lancers tallied the final two goals of the game off the stick of McHugh, the Panthers secured the 17-7 decision.

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DAVIDSON, N.C. No. 2 seed High Point used an opening 9-0 run en route to a 17-7 victory over No. 3 Longwood in the semifinals of the inaugural Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship on Friday at Richardson Stadium on the campus of Davidson College.

The Panthers advance to Sunday's championship game and will play No. 1 seed Davidson for the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Sunday's game will air live on ESPN3 at 2:00 pm.

High Point (9-8) took a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the game on Grace Gaeng's tally from Mackenzie Carroll. The Panthers extended their lead to 2-0 at 24:33 when Gaeng darted through the Lancer defense and zipped a shot past Longwood keeper Christian Acker. HPU's Kendyl Gardner made it 3-0 just 38 seconds later, and Sara Kuhlman's goal gave the Panthers a 4-0 advantage at 21:34. At the 20:33 mark, Gaeng fed Carroll, who bounced home High Point's fifth score of the evening for a 5-0 margin.

Stephanie Pazulski tallied a free-position goal to make it 6-0 at 19:43, and Carroll converted a spin-around attempt to give High Point a 7-0 advantage with 15:24 remaining in the first half. The Panthers moved ahead 8-0 on Kuhlman's second goal, and Allie Foard's goal made it 9-0 to chase Acker from the game.

Longwood (10-8) broke through with its first goal at 7:15 when Lauren Prasnicki put a shot past HPU goalie Anna Wallingford. The Lancers added another goal 22 seconds later on Jamie Brentlinger's breakaway that made it 9-2. The Panthers ended the Lancers' brief run with five goals to close out the half with a 14-2 lead.

Carroll led all scorers at the break with five points on two goals and three assists. The Panthers also took advantage of nine first half Longwood turnovers and enjoyed a 12-5 margin in draw controls.

The Lancers opened the second half with Brentlinger's second goal of the game at the 28:18 mark. High Point countered to move back ahead by 12 goals at 15-3 on Alec Perry's score. The score reached 16-3 until the Lancers tallied back-to-back goals. Longwood duo Katie McHugh and Prasnicki eventually teamed up on a give-and-go score for the final 17-7 margin.

Kuhlman finished with three goals for High Point while Carroll, Gaeng, Foard and Emily Meier contributed two each. Perry recorded five of the Panthers' 18 draw controls. Brentlinger paced the Lancers with two goals and two assists, while McHugh had two scores. Brentlinger also had four draw controls.

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