Richmond Leads Early But Loses Late to High Point

RICHMOND -- In a tale of two halves, Richmond lacrosse held a four-goal lead to the middle of the third quarter, but eight unanswered High Point goals gave the visiting Panthers an 11-7 win in Atlantic Sun Conference lacrosse Saturday at Robins Stadium. The Spiders fall to 3-9, 1-2 in ASun play, while HPU is 8-4, finishing at 4-1 in the ASun.

The Spiders held the Panthers scoreless in the second quarter, just the second time this season the defense has posted a zero in the opponent's scoring column.

The two teams traded goals in the first period. It took almost six minutes for the Panthers to score first, with the Spiders answering 30 seconds later from defenseman Ryan Dennis (Peapack Gladstone, N.J.) for his first career goal and the team's first score with 8:33 remaining.

After an HPU goal, Mitch Goldberg (Damascus, Md.) put in his first goal of the game with 63 seconds remaining in the first quarter, with the assist coming from Alex Hatem (Syracuse, N.C.), who has a point (a goal or assist) in all 12 Richmond contests this season.

The defense turned up the pressure in the second as the Spiders posted the only four goals of the period. J.P. Forester (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) posted a goal in his team-leading eighth-straight game, followed by Dan Ginestro (Syracuse, N.Y.) at 5:51. Just 40 seconds later, Mike Burns (Wilton, Conn.) posted his third goal of the year and Goldberg finished the scoring in the first half with 2:16 remaining in the second for the 6-2 halftime lead.

HPU got off eight shots in the second, but goalie Benny Pugh (Powhatan, Va./Woodberry Forest School) made a pair of saves to preserve the shutout period. The Spiders previously shutout Wagner at home in the second period in their first win in Robins Stadium on March 21.

The Panthers were able to score first in the third, but the Spiders answered with a goal from Jean-Luc Chetner (Penticton, BC) at 8:43 in the period. Chetner also has registered a point in all 12 Richmond games this season.

That was Richmond's last score of the game, as HPU posted a goal with 2:28 remaining in the period and all seven goals in the fourth for the comeback win.

Pugh finished with 12 saves in the loss (3-7). HPU goalie Austin Geisler had 11 saves, including four in the fourth quarter for the victory (8-4).

Goldberg's pair of goals led the Spiders offensive effort. The Panthers has three goals each from Dan Lomas and Michael LeClair.

Dennis set a career high with eight ground balls, one off the team record. He also caused three turnovers to lead all players. The Panthers won 20 of the 22 faceoffs in the contest.

Richmond will play its last home game of the season on Easter Sunday against Jacksonville, starting at 12:30 p.m.

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RICHMOND, Va. - High Point scored seven unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to rally past Richmond, 11-7, on Saturday. The Panthers improved to 4-1 in Atlantic Sun play.

"Give credit to Richmond," said head coach Jon Torpey. "They are a really well coached team that showed a lot of poise and effort today. Our team has been resilient all year and that showed once again today. We did a great job at the face-off X and cleared the ball well. I am proud of the players and staff for pulling out the win today."

Sophomore Jamie Piluso went 20 of 22 at the face-off X, including a perfect 12 of 12 in the second half to lead the HPU comeback. Piluso also scored one goal and picked up a career-high 12 ground balls. Sophomore Brad James led HPU with four point on two goals and two assists. Sophomore Dan Lomas and freshman Michael LeClair each added a hat trick. Redshirt-junior Austin Geisler made 11 saves, with eight in the second half.

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