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HPU ROUNDUP: HPU women's lacrosse holds off San Diego State

Mar. 4—HIGH POINT — High Point University built a sizable lead early and hung on to beat San Diego State 17-14 in nonconference women's lacrosse Sunday afternoon at Vert Stadium.

Esprit Cha had five goals and two assists to lead the Panthers (2-2), who led by eight before taking a 13-6 advantage into halftime. Pia Cavallaro added three goals and an assist, Shannon Smith had two goals and one assist, and Kay Rosselli had three goals.

Joy Coffey got the win in goal, making seven saves, while Ava Welsh tacked on 12 saves.

Sara Toner had two goals and an assist while Brooklyne Waddell had a goal and two assists for the Aztecs (1-5), who clawed within three with five minutes left. Avery Dyer and Caitlin Boughton (five saves) split time in goal.

High Point plays its next two on the road — starting Friday against Mount St. Mary's at the U.S. Lacrosse Headquarters in Maryland — before hosting Harvard on Saturday, March 16.

MEN'S LACROSSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — High Point University lost 19-13 against No. 8 Syracuse in nonconference men's lacrosse Saturday at Syracuse.

Jack VanOverbeke scored five goals and dished three assists for the Panthers (4-2), who scored four straight goals to pull within 8-5 at halftime and added another three-goal run to get within 9-8 in the third. Brayden Mayea had four goals and five groundballs, while Jack Sawyer had a goal and an assist.

Zack Overend made 17 saves in goal for High Point, which will host No. 10 Georgetown on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Joey Spallina had seven goals and two assists for Syracuse (5-2), which scored seven straight in the third to pull away. Will Mark (13 saves) and Patrick Duffy (one save) were in goal.

BASEBALL

HIGH POINT — High Point University won the series opener but dropped the final two games in weekend series against Dayton at Williard Stadium.

The Panthers split Saturday's doubleheader — winning 13-7 and losing 10-2 — before the Flyers edged High Point 13-12 on Sunday to take the series.

Charlie Klinger went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run and three RBIs to lead the Panthers in game 1. Eric Grintz also had three hits, including a double and a home run. Adam Stuart had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs.

Brett Wozniak got the win in 5 1/3 innings for High Point, which scored eight in the fifth. Jake Potts picked up his second save with two hitless innings.

Cael Chatham had a home run and two RBI for the Panthers in the second game. Gus Hughes took the loss, striking out eight in 5 1/3 innings. High Point trailed 4-0 in the fifth and allowed five runs in the ninth.

In the finale, Brayden Simpson doubled, homered and drove in two, while Brett Ahalt had three hits and an RBI and Kelly Frank added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs for the Panthers, who allowed nine runs of the seventh and eighth innings but rallied with six runs in the ninth.

Lucas Glover, a former Ledford standout, took the loss in middle relief.

High Point will host UNCG on Tuesday before taking on Rutgers in a weekend series Friday through Sunday at Greensboro's First National Bank Stadium.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

FARMVILLE, Va. — High Point University lost 74-72 on a last-second shot against Longwood in Big South Conference men's basketball Saturday at Longwood.

Abdoulaye Thiam scored 21 points to lead the Panthers (24-7 overall, 13-3 conference), which trailed 33-32 at halftime. Duke Miles added 18 points, followed by Kezza Giffa with 15 and Kimani Hamilton with 12.

Johnathan Massie scored 15 points for the Lancers (18-13, 6-10). D'Avian Houston added 15 points while Walyn Napper — who scored on a driving layup with less than a second left — and Szymon Zapala each had 13 points.

High Point will be the top seed in this week's conference tournament at the Qubein Center. The Panthers will play a quarterfinals game Friday at noon against the winner of Wednesday's No. 8 USC Upstate-No. 9 Radford game.