HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point outscored the Presbyterian College women’s lacrosse team 13-1 in the opening quarter and the Blue Hose concluded their season with a 21-1 loss Saturday afternoon at the Witcher Athletic Center. PC finishes the season with a 2-14 overall record and a 1-6 mark in the Big South. The Panthers are now 13-3, 7-0 and enter the Big South Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Stats of the Game
High Point outshot PC (43-3), put more shots on goal (32-1), collected more ground balls (20-10), won more draw controls (18-5), committed fewer turnovers (12-23), completed more clears (17-11), and took more free-position shots (8-2). PC made more saves (11-0).
Blue Hose Players of the Game
Cassie Watters scored one of her two shots for PC’s only tally. Maura Talvacchia picked up a team-high three ground balls and caused four turnovers. Kayla Koch played the first half in the net, making eight saves on 21 shots for a 38.1 save percentage.
Panthers Players of the Game
Samantha Brown, who entered the game as the conference leader in shots per game, scored four of her seven shots to lead the way for the hosts. The senior added two assists, two draw controls, and a caused turnover. Allie Little followed with a hat trick and two assists with one ground ball. Jill Rall earned the win in the net, allowing the lone PC goal in a complete-game effort.
How It Happened
Brown opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 29:00 mark. The Panthers pushed their lead to 5-0 before Watters found the back of the net to put the Blue Hose on the board (5-1, 20:08). Little then scored two straight and High Point closed out the first 30 minutes of action with an 8-0 run. The Panthers held a 13-1 at halftime.
The second half was all High Point as the regular season Big South champs added to their total with another eight unanswered.
- The goal marks the seventh for Watters this season and her first since April 12 against Winthrop.
- Talvacchia finishes her career with 228 caused turnovers, ranking second in NCAA history behind Wagner’s Shea Gegan (235; 2013-16).
- Talvacchia was just shy of her program record 66 ground balls in a season (2016), finishing the season with 64. Koch also collected 64 this year. The pair also shares the record for ground balls per game in a season with 4.00.
- Lauren Schaaf netted three man-up goals this season. The mark ties her for second in DI program history with Lauren Lefeber, who scored three in 2013.
-Koch recorded 136 saves this season, just shy of second place in program history. Susan England holds the record with 195 in 2011, while Erin McBurnette follows with 137 in 2010.- PC scored eight man-up goals this season, tying for second in program history. The Blue Hose also scored eight man-up goals in 2013, while the 2014 squad scored a program-best 12.