High Point and Delaware opened up the men’s NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse season yesterday, and Delaware emerged from the road game with a tight 12-10 win.
HPU was neck and neck with the Blue Hens early on, and the teams were tied at 3 after one quarter. HPU did take a lead in the first quarter at 3-2, but it was short lived. The second quarter saw Delaware outscore High Point 4-1, to take a 7-4 lead into halftime. In the third, HPU and UDel traded 3 goals apiece, and in the fourth HPU made a run, but their 3-2 quarter advantage wasn’t enough to erase the 3 goal difference, and Delaware merged with a 12-10 win.
Delaware had four players notch two goals, and four more notched one goal. Only one of their goals was assisted. Eric Smith led the Blue Hens with 2g and their single assist on the day. Chris Herbert played the whole game in net, allowing ten goals and making 12 saves.
High Point was led by their attack as Dan Lomas dropped 5 goals on 7 shots, and added in 6 ground balls. Matt Thistle had a goal and three assists for four points, and Adam Seal went 1-1. Outside of the HPU attack, the purple and black only had 4 players put up points. Austin Geisler made 14 saves while allowing 12 goals, as High Point’s first-ever varsity goalie.
Delaware outshot High Point 46-31, but when you look at shots on goal, the margin gets a little tighter at 26-22. Delaware also won the ground ball battle, 52-46, and edged HPU on face offs 14-12. UDel was 1/4 on man up, while HPU finished the day 0/3. Both teams cleared the ball well (UDel 15/18 and HPU 14/15), and HPU had two more turnovers than Delaware (13) with 15.
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Overall, it’s extremely impressive to see a first year program like High Point compete with an established program like Delaware. HPU started putting this team together over a full season ago, and they played and prepared like crazy, challenging themselves with tough scrimmage opponents, like MLL teams. Their guys were clearly ready to go from minute 1, and as D1 lacrosse continues to expand, High Point provides yet another blueprint for aspiring lacrosse programs.
Keep an eye on HPU this year. This is a first year team that could make some immediate waves.