St. Joseph’s rebounded from a 14-1 loss to Lehigh a weekend ago with an 8-5 win over High Point this past weekend. The game was played at Woodberry Forest High School in Virginia.
2013 has been a season of high scoring games, upsets and exciting lacrosse, but High Point and St. Joseph’s must not have gotten that memo until the second half of their game, because after two quarters of play HPU led SJU by a 1-0 score. Yes, at halftime, the Panthers were winning a college lacrosse game one to zero.
In the third period both teams EXPLODED offensively, and combined for an astounding 7 goals, giving us a 4-4 scoreline after three quarters of play. St. Joseph’s enjoyed another good quarter in the fourth and outscored HPU 4-1 to take home an 8-5 win from the neutral site. Ryan McGee had 3 goals and an assist (on 13 shots) for St. Joe’s and also scooped up 10 ground balls. Matt Franchak and Michael Dougherty added two goals each for the Hawks.
High Point got two goals from Mitchell Dupere, and Dan Lomas continued his four game scoring streak with one goal on 5 shots. Matt Thistle continued to produce as well with 1 goal and an assist. Austin Geisler made 16 saves in the loss, while Dustin Keen made 9 saves in net for SJU, and got the win.
St. Joseph’s won the ground ball battle (49-41), had more shots (50-30), more shots on cage (24-14), and did slightly better on man up opportunities, going 1 for 6. High Point won the face off battle, and the teams were even in clearing opportunities. A big difference was that SJU limited themselves to 12 turnovers, while High Point had 20.
St. Joseph’s improves to 1-1 with the win, and faces VMI on February 23rd. High Point moves to 1-3 in their inaugural year, and the Panthers face Bellarmine on the road, also on the 23rd of this month.