High Point Defeats Davidson to Win Big South Championship

HIGH POINT, N.C. Alex Perry scored six goals to lift No. 1 seed High Point to an 11-6 victory over No. 2 seed Davidson and capture the Big South championship at Vert Stadium. With the victory, the Panthers (14-5) repeat as champions and receive the Big South's automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Perry opened the second half with two quick goals to extend HPU's one-goal lead to three, 7-4, at the 28:09 mark. The Panthers tacked on two more in the next six minutes to move ahead 9-4 and grab the momentum for the remainder of the contest. Davidson's Annie Brockett ended High Point's scoring run with a goal at 19:43, but Perry and Kendyl Gardner sealed the victory with goals 14 seconds apart for an 11-5 advantage with 12:02 remaining. Emma Sissman's goal with 6:56 left proved to be the final margin.

In a rematch of last year's title game, Sunday's contest was scoreless for nearly five minutes before the Wildcats scored two goals in the next 1:58. Emily Rademacher opened the scoring with a free position goal at 26:20 and added her second score from point blank range at 24:22. High Point eventually tied the game at 2-2 when Perry and Christie Dougherty tallied unassisted goals at 22:45 and 20:22 minutes, respectively.

Perry gave the Panthers their first lead at 19:09 with an unassisted goal to make the score 3-2. Davidson's Erin Doherty tied the game a second time at 13:54, but HPU's Sara Kuhlman quickly made it 4-3 less than a minute later when she took Mackenzie Carroll's alley-oop pass and sent it past Davidson keeper Katy Boyle. Perry netted her hat trick goal at 1:39 in the first half after going the length of the field to give the Panthers a two-goal advantage. But Davidson's Sissman cut the deficit to one with six seconds remaining in the first half for the 5-4 halftime score.

Following Perry's six goals, Gardner finished with two goals and three points while Carroll had one goal and two helpers. Julia Burns made three saves in net for the win. Davidson was led by two goals each from Sissman and Rademacher, while Boyle made 11 saves in the losing effort. High Point recorded 18 ground balls to Davidson's 12, and enjoyed a 28-9 advantage in shots.

Perry earned Tournament MVP honors and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Patricia Bigelow, Cissy Woodyard and Jasmine Jordan. The complete All-Tournament Team appears below.

The Panthers will learn their postseason opponent later this evening at 9:00 pm when the NCAA announces the 26-team field.

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HIGH POINT, N.C. - High Point defeated Davidson in the Big South championship game for a second consecutive season on Sunday. The Panthers topped the Wildcats 11-6 behind a six-goal performance by Big South Tournament MVP, Alec Perry. With the win, HPU earns the Big South Conference's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

The Panthers used a six-goal second half while limiting Davidson to just two scores after the break to distance themselves from the Wildcats. Perry posted a career-high and matched the HPU single-game record with six goals while leading the Panthers offense in the championship game. Seniors Patricia Bigelow, Cissy Woodyardand Jasmine Jordan joined Perry on the All-Tournament team.

Davidson's Emily Rademacher staked the Wildcats to an early two goal lead within the first six minutes of the game. Perry scored her first of the day to spark a 3-0 comeback for the Panthers including a goal by Christie Dougherty before Perry scored another unassisted to give HPU it's first lead of the day, 3-2. The Wildcats' Erin Douherty tied the game off a feed from Liz Edwards before High Point senior attacker Mackenzie Carroll foundSara Kuhlman with a pass to put the Panthers back up one, 4-3.

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