UMBC Retrievers Outrun by High Point Panthers

BALTIMORE UMBC freshman Caroline Haggerty (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) connected on the first two goals of her career in her first collegiate start against High Point on Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium, but it was not enough, as the Panthers defeated the Retrievers, 16-6.

UMBC (2-3) falls for the first time in its last three games, while High Point snaps a two game skid to improve to 2-2 on the year.

The Retrievers cut an early 2-0 deficit in half when sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) threw a pass from behind the net to an open Ali Carpenter (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh/Loyola). Carpenter slipped a shot past goalkeeper Julia Burns for her third score of the year, bringing the Retrievers back within one, 2-1, 7:57 into the contest.

UMBC trailed by two goals, 3-1, with 10:00 to go in the half, but High Point was able to pour in six goals in the final 9:55 of the opening half, each coming from a different player, to take a 9-1 lead at the break. The Panthers held a 17-6 advantage in shots in the period.

HPU red-shirt sophomore Emilie Pugliese connected with senior midfielder Christie Dougherty for a pair of scores to start the second half, but the Retrievers responded with back-to-back goals coming from senior Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida) and Haggerty, making it an 11-3 contest with 19:41 remaining. UMBC controlled the ensuing draw and had a chance to further cut into its deficit, but junior Abby Wilson's (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) free position shot was saved by Burns.

The Panthers put two more on the board before the 10 minute mark, but the Retrievers were not done yet, scoring three times in a span of 2:46, the first coming from Haggerty, followed by junior Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) and freshman Amber Kovalick (Davidsonville, Md./South River) scoring 23 seconds apart. Kovalick's goal was the first of her career and brought the score to 14-6 with 5:01 to go. High Point would chip in two more scores for further insurance.

The Retrievers placed 11 of its 13 shots on net in the contest, but HPU finished with a 28-13 shot advantage.

UMBC hits the road for a pair of contests, starting with a match-up at Drexel on Saturday, March 8. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at Vidas Field.

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CATONSVILLE, Md. - High Point cruised to a 16-6 win at UMBC on Wednesday evening. The Panthers' 16 goals were the most by the team this season and helped snap the team's two-game skid.

"I'm really proud of the way this team responded after the loss at Virginia Tech," said head coach Lyndsey Boswell. "We worked extremely hard these past two weeks, which showed today. Today was a full team effort. We had had a lot of different scorers, which is a reflection of how hard these girls pushed each other every day in practice. The defense stepped up and made some big plays and Julia Burns made some huge saves to give us momentum in our transition."

The Panthers received goals from 11 different players: Emily Meier, Alec Perry, Kendyl Gardner, Sara Kuhlman,Leah Pace, Stephanie Pazulski, Mackenzie Carroll, Christie Dougherty, Emilie Pugliese, Allie Foard and Abby Berrettone. Meier, Perry, Foard, Pugliese and Pazulski all finished with two goals in the contest while Kuhlman and Dougherty also registered three assists. It was the first goals of the year for Foard, Pazulski and Pace.

HPU jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Sara Kuhlman found Emily Meier right in front of the net within the first minute of action for the first goal of the contest. The Panthers followed that up with a fast break goal brought on by a couple of quick passes that led to Mackenzie Carroll finding Alec Perry near the crease for a one on one with UMBC goalkeeper, Anna Barnett. Perry's goal was her sixth of the season and Carroll's second assist on the year, which gave her 192 points for her career. With the assist, Carroll passed Grace Gaeng's previous HPU record of 191 career points. Carroll finished the game with 193 career points.

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