Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fake high, shoot low - UNC survives, Duke searching, High Point evolving

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Fairfield Stags - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC

Slides, Clears, GB's

North Carolina

The No. 11 North Carolina Tar Heels came back from a 7-3 deficit powered by a 5-goal output from senior captain Marcus Holman to get back on the winning track and now prepare for its toughest test of the young season when they travel to South Bend, Ind. to face the second-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.

Holman was was recently selected as one of twenty lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field  for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate men's lacrosse. 
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.

Tewaarton watch

Attackmen Jimmy Bitter and Marcus Holman, along with midfielder R.G. Keenan were selected to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award men's watch list and included as part of a group of 13 ACC student-athletes recognized by the Tewaarton Foundation.

The lists include the top players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse and highlight the early contenders for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award.

The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top male and top female college lacrosse player in the United States.

The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed annually by The Tewaaraton Foundation.


No. 19 Duke fell to 2-3 on the year, while facing off against the No. 15 Penn Quakers during their season opener.

The Quakers weren't stangers to knowing how to top the Blue Devils, as they had also beater the Blue Devils when they last visited Franklin Field back in 2011.

Duke rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first quarter, took a 7-6 advantage at the half, but struggled to score in the final 30 minutes, netting just two goals.

Jordan Wolf, Myles Jones and Josh Offit scored two goals apiece for Duke in the game.

"Penn played great and they're a great young team," said head coach John Danowski.

"They certainly put it to us."

The Blue Devils now prepare for another big matchup at home as the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins travel to Koskinen on Saturday.

The game will be televised on ESPNU starting at 11 a.m. with live game notes and commentary featured on

Tewaaraton watch

In other Blue Devils news, Duke's trio of junior attackmen Josh Dionne, Christian Walsh and Jordan Wolf were also selected to the 2013 Tewaaraton Award watch list by the Tewaaraton Foundation.

Dionne, Walsh and Wolf are beginning their second year together as the starting attack unit for the Blue Devils.

Walsh and Wolf both are in their third campaign on the top attack line.

Duke's threesome is among the 13 ACC players to be picked for the list.

Alumni Weekend

The Blue Devils are callin on all alumni to take part in an alumni weekend event in conjunction with the Blue Devils' upcoming matchup against reigning NCAA Champion Loyola on Friday, March 8at 7 p.m. in Koskinen Stadium.

Festivities will kick off with a tailgate Friday prior to the game and continue throughout the weekend.

High point

The High Point University men's lacrosse team took a 12-5 loss at Bellarmine on Saturday afternoon in Louisville, Ky.
as Matt Thistle scored two goals and  Bryce Parietti tallied one goal and an assist.

"The team gave a great effort for four quarters but our midfield just couldn't do enough to limit Bellarmine in transition," said head coach Jon Torpey.

"They are one of the best transition teams we will face. We limited their opportunities at times but their experience showed in the second half. Defensively, we played well on ball but we need to improve off ball. Mitchell Dupere, Bryce Parietti and Austin Geisler played well. The team keeps getting better every day."

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1-4 on the season and will  wrap up the three-game road trip with their next game against the Jacksonville Dolphins on Mar. 2.

 The Dolphins are 0-2 with loses to No. 6 Duke and No. 19 Ohio State.


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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Minutemen overtake Tar Heels

UMass 12, North Carolina 11

No. 13 Massachusetts outscored No. 7 North Carolina 4-0 in the final quarter and rallied past the Tar Heels 12-11 Saturday afternoon at KSU Stadium in the third annual Southern Showdown.

Back-to-back unassisted goals by Grant Whiteway and Connor Mooney in the final five minutes capped the rally for the Minutemen who improved to 2-0 on the season while Carolina falls to 1-1.

UMass has not lost a regular season game since 2011 and continued that string with a fierce second half rally that erased a 7-4 UNC halftime lead.

A balanced scoring attack led the Minutemen as they got three goals from Kyle Smith and three from Connor Mooney.

Andrew Sokol scored twice for UMass and his two scores in the earlier stages of the fourth quarter pulled the Minutemwn with a single goal and set the stage for the late-gam heroics.

Grant Whiteway also had two goals for UMass who had seven unassisted goal amongst their total of seven.

Carolina has two goals each from Marcus Holman, Jimmy Bitter and Spencer Parks.  Carolina also relied on unassisted goal, recording four assists on 11 tallies.

Carolina ousthot the Minutemen 43-38 but UMass had the edge after halftime 22-15.

Zachary Oliveri turned in an All-America calibre performance for the Minutemen in the goal as he made 18 saves while allowing only 10 goals in 59:39.

He twice stuffed UNC game-tying efforts in the final two minutes, saving a shot by Davey Emala on a UNC extra-man opportunity with 2:07 to play and then making a save on a shot by Greg McBride with two seconds left in the match.

After jumping to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Jimmy Bitter and Spencer Parks, the Tar Heels led the entire game until Whiteway scored the tying goal with 4:16 to play.

Just 58 seconds later, Mooney scored the game-winner for UMass.

Carolina had three-goal leads on three occasions at 6-3, 7-4 and 11-8 but could never shake the Minutemen.

UMass had clawed within 9-8 late in the third quarter but goals by Spencer Parks with 1:12 to play in the third quarter and by Marcus Holman with seconds left in the period made it 11-8.

Carolina would not score again as was limited to just three shots in the opening 12 and a half minutes of the final period, a time span in which UMass claimed the lead for good.

UMass won the ground ball battle 39-38 while the Tar Heels had a slight in the face-off circle at 15-12.  Kieran Burke finished with 12 saves for the Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels will be back in action on Saturday, February 23 when they play host to Fairfield at 12 noon at Fetzer Field.

Source: Carolina Athletics - Sports Information


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High Point falls to Saint Joseph's

Saint Joseph's 8, High Point 5

The High Point University men's lacrosse team lost to Saint Joseph's, 8-5, on Saturday at a neutral site in Woodberry Forest, Va.

Redshirt-freshman Mitchell Dupere scored two goals for High Point and freshman Dan Lomas scored for the fourth straight game.

The Hawks scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to open up an 8-4 lead. Dupere notched his second goal late in the period for final score of 8-5.

“Coach Wray and the Saint Joseph's team outworked us today,” said head coach Jon Torpey.

“They played hard and fought for four quarters to earn a hard-fought victory. We have got to address some deficiencies, come up with some new answers and move forward this week.”

The Panthers fall to 1-3 this season while Saint Joseph's evens its record at 1-1.

Dupere's two goals were the first two of his career. Lomas scored his 11th goal of the season in the game.

He has scored in all four games this season. Matt Thistle had a goal and an assist and had registered a point in every contest. Thistle also led the team with 10 ground balls.

The Panthers went 15-for-17 on clear attempts and SJU was 16-for-18. High Point won 9-of-16 faceoffs, with all nine wins coming from freshman Jamie Piluso. Piluso also picked up six ground balls.

Austin Geisler made 16 saves in the losing effort. Dustin Keen made nine saves for the Hawks to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Mike Messenger scored the first goal of the game at 13:19 in the second quarter to give HPU the 1-0 lead.

HPU added to its lead in the third quarter. Junior Bucky Smith had a shot go wide.

Thistle picked up the ground ball, came around the net and bounced a shot past Saint Joseph's goalie. Thistle scored with 14:06 on the clock to push HPU's lead to 2-0.

Saint Joseph's tied the game in the third quarter. Michael Dougherty shot at the HPU goal, but Geisler came up with the same.

Pat Swanick got the ground ball and got the Hawks on the board with a goal at 12:00. Ryan McGee tied the game, 2-2, at 10:37 in the third with anther second-chance goal.

Mitchell Dupere scored his first goal of the season to give HPU a 3-2 lead. Thistle assisted the goal at 4:54 in the third quarter. The Hawks answered three minutes later with a goal by Matthew Franchak.

HPU took a brief 4-3 with a goal by Dan Lomas with 1:02 left in the third quarter. Montrello threaded a perfect pass to Lomas and he was able to catch and shoot all in one motion.

The Hawks tied the game again, 4-4, with seven seconds left in the third quarter. Dougherty scored his second goal of the game for Saint Joseph's to tie the game at the end of the quarter.

Saint Joseph's scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter. McGee started the scoring with an unassisted goal at 9:59.

Smith was called for a cross-check penalty at 7:53 in the period. HPU burned off half of the penalty before Dougherty scored for the Hawks at 7:23 to make it a 6-4 game.

McGee added another goal with 4:54 remaining to push SJU's lead to 7-4. Franchak put in his fourth goal of the game with 2:57 on the clock.

Dupere scored his second goal of the day with 2:28 left in the game, cutting Saint Joseph's lead to 8-5. Dupere took on his defender one-on-one and scored as he fell to the ground.

High Point will face Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.

The Knights are 2-0 on the season with wins over Robert Morris and Michigan.

Source: High Point Athletics - Sports Information


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NCAA Lacrosse in NC: Duke Blue Devils host Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Duke Blue Devils vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC
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No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 4 Duke Blue Devils, Koskinen Stadium, Durham, N.C.


Notre Dame runs past Duke, 13-5

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Holman, Fowler earn ACC honors

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Air Force - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced from its offices in Greensboro, N.C. on Tuesday, that North Carolina Tar Heels attackman Marcus Holman and Duke Blue Devils midfielder Brendan Fowler were named ACC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the week ending on Monday, Feb 11.

Holman is points leader

Holman led the Tar Heel attack unit which produced 10 goals and 8 assists in North Carolina’s 16-8 season-opening win over Air Force

The Tar Heels captain had two goals and six assists, the most  helpers in a game by a Tar Heel since April 12, 1997. 

His eight points were just two short of his career high of 10 and matched his second highest total in his career.

Fowler wins draws, accumulates GB's

A defensive midfielder and faceoff specialist, Fowler picked up 19 ground balls and won 59 percent of his faceoffs (30-of-51) to help Duke to a 1-1 start to its season. 
Against No. 8 Denver to start the season, he won 18-of-30 faceoffs and scooped a career-high 11 ground balls. 
On Sunday, Fowler tallied eight ground balls and won 12-of-21 draws in a 21-9 win over Jacksonville. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Duke wins big, High Point suffers loss

Duke Blue Devils vs. Jacksonville Dolphins -, Duke Sports Information


Duke 21, Jacksonville 9

The No. 4 Blue Devils bounced back from a season-opening loss to the No. 8 Denver Pioneeers on Saturday with a 21-9 win over the Jacksonville Dolphins at Koskinen Stadium on Sunday.

Attackman Jordan Wolf led Duke with four goals, totaling eight on the season in just two games played.

The Blue Devils (1-1) benefited from 15 different players tallying goals and exhibiting the 'team concept' that coach John Danowski always has his team play with.

On that note, Danowski gave all four of his goalkeepers playing time : Dan Wigrizer (3 saves in 30:00 - Starter), Kyle Turri (5 saves in 16:55), Ben Krebs (3 saves in 7:53) and Luke Aaron (1 save in 5:12).

Freshmen Case Matheis, Deemer Class, Seamus Connelly, Myles Jones, John Shaffer, and sophomore Tanner Scott all recorded their first career goals with the Blue Devils.

Duke outshot (42-38) and outworked Jacksonville, scooping up 43 GB's to the Dolphins' 33 GB's.

The Blue Devils continue their early homestand by hosting the No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.

Duke Blue Devils - Season statistics


High Point Panthers vs. Air Force Falcons -, High Point Sports Information


Air Force 14, High Point 4

The Air Force Falcons worked out the kinks from a 16-8  loss suffered at the hands of the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels and put a damper on another exciting weekend of lacrosse at High Point's Vert Stadium.

The Panthers were riding high after beating the Towson Tigers 9-7 on Friday, and earning the program's first-ever win in Division 1 lacrosse competition.

The Falcons (1-1) started quickly and didn't let up on the Panthers (1-2) who got on the board during the first three quarters or play, but couldn't beat keepers Austin Fox and Doug Gouchoe during the final quarter, as they backstopped the 14-4 victory for Air Force.

Bright spots for High Point included attackman Dan Lomas (1g) and Dan Thistle (1g, 2a) continuing their three-game scoring streaks while goalkeeper Austin Geisler recorded an impressive 19 saves on 47 shots faced.

Special teams play didn't work to High Point's favor as the Panthers went 0-6 in EMO situations while the Falcons capitalized on 2-of-9 man-up situations that were afforded to them.

“Air Force is a really solid, well-coached team,” said High Point head coach Jon Torpey.

“They won every facet of the game from ground balls to time of possession. I thought we came out with a lot of energy but didn't execute well. We will spend the week practicing and getting ready for a very good St. Joseph's team.”

The Panthers prepare to play their first road game of the season on Saturday when they travel to face the St. Joseph's Hawks in a neutral-site game in Woodberry Forest, Va.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

No. 4 Blue Devils move ahead, High Point hosts Air Force

Duke Blue Devils - pregame - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC

Dolphins in Durham

The No. 4 Duke Blue Devils will move on from their season-opening loss to the No. 8 Denver Pioneers on Saturday, as they host the Jacksonville Dolphins at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. on Sunday at Noon.

The Blue Devils (0-1) hold a 3-0 record over the Dolphins (0-0) who will take to the field for the first time this season.

Duke won last year's game between the two teams, 16-7.

Air Force lands in High Point

Fresh of its first-ever win in NCAA Division 1 men's lacrosse competition, a 9-7 victory over the Towson Tigers, the High Point Panthers (1-1) will faceoff against the Air Force Falcons at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. at 1 p.m.

The Falcons are coming off their season-opening loss, a 16-8 decision to the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels on Friday at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., and are seeking to even their record against the upstart Panthers.


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Friday, February 8, 2013

NCAA Lacrosse Live in NC: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Air Force Falcons

North Carolina vs. Air Force - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC


The No. 4/7 North Carolina Tar Heels host the Air Force Falcons for their 2013 season-opener at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday.

The Tar Heels return a strong attack corps of attackmen led by captain Marcus Holman and have brought in the country's top recruiting class that will strengthen them at all positions.

The Falcons look to get off to a good start during the first of two road games as they travel to take on the High Point Panthers on Sunday.

1st Quarter:
  •  R.G. Keenan wins the faceoff and works the fast break to Marcus Holman who shoots but misses wide right
  • Jimmy Bitter lets a shot go from 10 yards out but hits the left post
  • Chad Tutton lets another shot go but the Falcons keeper makes the save and Air Force clears it
  • A turnover by the Falcons and the Tar Heels clear the ball on the effort of T.J. Kemp who runs it into the box to set up the offense
  • With 9:09 to play, still 0-0 as both teams are measuring up their offenses and defenses - goalies doing a job out there right now
  • Ryan Creighton scores first goal of season for North Carolina at 8:38- 1-0 Tar Heels lead
  • Matt Shannon picks up the GB after the faceoff, but North Carolina turns it over and Air Force sets up its offense
  • Air Force spends more than a minute on the offense with no result after being warned to make progress towards the goal
  • Tar Heels get the ball and set up the offense as the ball works down behind the cage to Holman
  • He finds Sankey and his shot to the near post beats Air Force goalkeeper Austin Fox low - 2-0 Tar Heels lead with 5:46 to play
  • Off the draw, Falcons drawman Erik Smith wins it and runs it down the field and beats Tar Heels keeper Kieran Burke low, past his foot - North Carolina lead is 2-1 with 5:38 to go
  • Air Force comes back with another possession of the faceoff and Danny Brown gets a feed from Tommy McKee to beat Burke and the game is tied 2-2 at the 4:47 mark
  • The Falcons offense is slow and methodical and paralyzing the Tar Heels defense and Kyle Cassady takes advantage of it - scoring to put the Falcons ahead 3-2 with 2:19 to play
  • Tar Heels take a slashing penalty to put the Air Force EMO into effect with 1:32 to go
  • UNC ins a 2-3 zone while Air Force is set in a 2-3-1 and moving the ball to find the inside cutter
  • The Falcons throw it away and the Tar Heels clear it and Holman finds Bitter inside and he takes a shot that beats Fox from 15 yards out - a shorthanded goal ties the game 3-3 with 36 seconds to play
 End of Quarter: North Carolina 3, Air Force 3

2nd Quarter:
  • Smith wins the faceoff and the Falcons get a quick shot on Burke who makes the save
  • At the other end, Fox comes out to challenge and Holman scores on the empty cage on a feed from Sankey - Tar Heels lead 4-3 with 14:19 to go
  • After a timeout, Air Force ties it at 13:50 as Mike Crampton scores off a pass from Marcus Walker - score tied 4-4 now
  • Fox makes a good save on the Tar Heels next offensive sequence and the Falcons clear it successfully and set up their offense - 2-2-2 formation
  • Matt Shanon picks up a GB after Air Force loses control and leads the fast break but Fox makes the save on Holman
  • After the Falcons lose the ball out-of-bounds on the clear, Chad Tutton scores to put the Tar Heels ahead again with 11 minutes to play 
  • Air Force has trouble clearing successful after getting the ball into the UNC half of the field
  • The Tar Heels use their rotating 3-3 formation that sets Tutton up for the shot at the top of the crease, but Fox comes up with the save
  • Falcons trying different isolation set-ups - from the top, side-right, and at X - all to no avail and the Tar Heels clear the ball and make changes
  • Carolina's Will Campbell throws it right into Air Force defender Jake Lindell's stick and he runs it down to begin the fast break which ends with Burke making a save
  • Tar Heels have trouble clearing and a timeout is called
  • Carolina penalized for improper TO - a 30-second violation bu the Falcons can't convert on it - Tar Heels still leading 5-4 with 4:51 to play
  • Smith has the ball behind the cage in an iso-formation (1-4-1) and he drives to the left of Burke's crease and scores, popping the ball into the top-left corner - tie game 5-5 at 4:01 mark
  • Tar Heels come back with Bitter rifling one over Fox's head on a pass from Holman - North Carolina takes the lead again 6-5 with 3:37 to go
  • Carolina with a great offensive sequence but Fox makes the save and Drew Hays runs the clear and feeds Smith on the fast break
  • As Smith winds up to shoot from 15 yards out, Davey Emala checks his stick to break up the shot attept - Carolina gains possession and calls timeout with 1:41 to play
  • Carolina sets up in a 1-4-1 to a 2-3-1 and with another set of cuts finds Sankey open inside to Fox's right and he rips the twine
  • He got the pass was from Holman and Carolina takes its largest lead of the game - two goals - 7-5 at the 1:17 mark 
  • After a timeout, Air Force trying to set up from back-right on the iso-drive and pass to top-right - they come around, but can't get a shot off
  • With 13 seconds, Crampton rips a shot from 20 yards out that beats Burke - 7-6 Tar Heels lead
  • Off the faceoff, North Carolina gets possession and Bitter does the work all by himself to Fox's left as he uses the defender as a screen and scores with one second left to play
End of Half: North Carolina 8, Air Force 6

 3rd Quarter:
  • Keenan wins the face and Creighton picks it up and the Tar Heels set up their offense with Steve Pontrello and Tutton working the ball from top-left and top-right
  • A shot from Emala is stopped by Fox and then Burke makes a save that transitions into a fast break that starts with Tutton, to Holman to Bitter to Fox's left - North Carolina leads 9-6 a the 12:  mark
  • Sankey takes a shot that rings off the cross bar
  • After Air Force can't convert and after a broken play, Creighton picks it up and scores to put Carolina ahead 10-6 at the 10:47 mark
  • Just 13 seconds later and Air Force scores as McKee scores to Burke's right on final pass on the fast break from Keith Dryer - Tar Heels lead is 10-7 with 10:34 to play
  • Carolina keeping pressure from behind the cage and looking for cutters
  • Now working the ball around  and Holman working off the left post 
  • Bitter takes over from that spot and Holman moves to side-right and gets a pass from Bitter who shifted to X behind the cage
  • Holman's shot at the 7:12 mark puts the Tar Heels ahead 11-7
  • On the clear that Air Force tries to trap by the center line results in a delayed offside call and McBride works the ball down from top-right to Holman at side-right who fines Sankey curling at goal line extended and scores on Fox - by the near post - lead is now five goals - 12-7 with 5:44 to play
  • Burke makes a save on 15-yard shot from Walker on two different occasions while the Falcons are on offense
  • Tar Heels on the offense now with Tutton driving from the top before working it down to Bitter
  • Bitter dodges past two defenders coming from the left goal line extended and just misses
  • Holman tries the same thing but is pushed into the crease and Air Force serves a 30-second penalty
  • After the Tar Heels can't convert on the EMO, the Falcons go back to their slower and longer offensive setup
  • Carolina playing a man-zone defense with Air Force initiating the play from X
  • The Falcons turn it over on shot clock violation 
  • With 20 seconds to play the Tar Heels try to work the ball around for a shot but Kemp drops it as time runs down
End of Quarter: North Carolina 12, Air Force 7

4th Quarter:
  • Air Force with possession and on the offense - 2-3-1 with Dreyer quarterbacking offense from X
  • The Falcons shift to a 3-3 in front of Burke and McKee gets a clear shot on Burke who makes the save - still 12-7 North Carolina lead with 11:54 to play
  • Tutton serves one-minute personal foul at 11:15 and Air Force goes on the EMO
  • McKee scores at 10:50 with the extra man on a dodge through traffic - Carolina lead is down to four goals - 12-8 now
  • Tar Heels win the faceoff and on the ensuing offensive set-up, Bitter scores on a low turnaround shot from six yards out and theTar Heels lead is back up to five goals, 13-8, with 9:52 to play
  • Jake Matthai rips a shot from Fox's left - 12 yards out and North Carolina extends its lead to six goals
  • Creighton then gets a pass from Pat Foster and beats Fox as the Tar Heels now lead 15-8 with 8:28 to play 
  • Carolina maintainig offensive control as it looks like Air Force is tiring with under six minutes to play
  • Fox makes a save and Air Force transitions to offense but can't create anything more before the Tar Heels clear it back over
  • Matthai makes a pass into the middle which is picked off and Air Force tries to score off the fast break, but can't
  • Air Force shoots wide to Burke's left and he picks it up off the side of the net
  • Carolina contolling play with Emala setting up an iso from back-right and he drives to the cage but misses
  • Sankey gets the ball of the inbounds and hits the crossbar from Fox's right
  • Pontrello gets a chance to initiate the offense from X and he drives around the crease to Fox's left and he beats the keeper up high - North Carolina leads 16-8 with 1:24 to play
  • With under a minute to play, the Tar Heels have possession and work the ball around to the cage to end the game
  • Air Force gets the ball back with 24 seconds to play and they shoot it wide and then Dreyer hits the cross bar and one more shot that Burke stops to end the game
Final: North Carolina 16, Air Force 8
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High Point takes down Towson, 9-7

High Point Panthers - Vert Stadium - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC

After making an impressive start to its NCAA men's lacrosse program history last weekend, narrowly losing 12-10 to an established program in the Delaware Blue Hens, the Panthers gave the lacrosse world a jolt while many programs were preparing to faceoff for their first games of the season.

The Panthers defeated an established program in the Towson Tigers, 9-7, at Vert Stadium in High Point, N.C. on Friday.

Attackman Dan Lomas led the Panthers scoring with four goals while goalkeeper Austin Geisler made 11 saves to secure the program's first-ever victory.

Lomas has now scored a total of nine goals (4.5 goals/game) in the team's first two games of the season while Geisler's protection in the cage has solidified the team's game from the back end.

“This win feels great,” said head coach Jon

“The team played really hard today against a good Towson team. We tried to tighten up the defense and possess the ball more on offense, which were two things we had a little difficulty with against Delaware. We improved a lot in those two areas and it made a big difference.”

High Point moves to 1-1 with the win while Towson starts the season at 0-1.

The Panthers will host the Air Force Falcons on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Falcons open the 2013 season at North Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m.


Box Score - High Point 9, Towson 7

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NCAA men's lacrosse set to face off in the Triangle

Duke Blue Devils began their current 9-0 win streak at home last season - Peter Koutroumpis, PKS Consulting LLC

Welcome to the premier post for the Carolina Lacrosse Network - the blog that features NCAA Men's Division I lacrosse news from the Triangle and beyond... from the state of North Carolina.

Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, and even High Point Panthers fans (yes, not from the Triangle, but...) will be able to follow direct coverage of their team right here!!

Related team coverage with affiliates sites will also be posted here.

NCAA lacrosse season opens up in NC

The 2013 NCAA lacrosse season began last weekend with the Panthers losing their program's debut home-opener, 12-10 to the Delaware Blue Hens in front of 2,004 people in High Point, N.C.

The No. 4/7Tar Heels open up against Air Force at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday, while the No. 6/4 Blue Devils open up at home at Noon against the No. 9 Denver Pioneers at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. on Saturday.

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