High Point University got the first big upset of 2019 with a resounding 13-9 victory over Duke tonight in Durham. The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter and while Duke was able to battle back and even led 7-6 early in the 4th, High Point was able to prevail thanks in large part to a crushing six-goal run in five minutes to take a commanding 12-7 lead with 9:03 to play in final quarter. Duke chipped in two more goals in the 4th after HPU’s big run, but the Panthers were able to steal one back before the whistle to finish with the final 13-9 victory.
Chris Young scored early and often for High Point as he finished with five total points (4 Gs, 1 A). Asher Nolting had another great game for the Panthers, with three assists and two goals of his of his own. Senior Tim Troutner, Jr. had a wonderful day in goal, as he made 19 saves on the evening, Including 7 in the 3rd to keep the game close before the big HPU run in the 4th quarter.
Duke definitely had issues offensively tonight. Were it not for Joey Manown’s four goals tonight, things really could’ve gotten out of hand for the Blue Devils. Many people, including everyone here at College Crosse, were surprised to see Duke’s Brad Smith out on the field this evening. The Duke star was reported to be out indefinitely with a foot injury but played sparingly tonight.
The official box score and team recaps aren’t up yet, but I will update this post when they are made available. Congrats to High Point and a big win for the program.
Update: Here is the official box score from tonight’s game and here is High Point’s recap of their big win over Duke.
Congrats to Coach Torpey, Broschart, Tuma and McKemey for an awesome game plan tonight. Looked familiar with a slightly new touch.— Ryan Danehy (@RPDLacrosse) February 7, 2019
“What’s old is new, what’s new is old.”
On to the next one...
HIGH POINT BEAT DUKE?! IN LACROSSE?! pic.twitter.com/3ih3HfW6ln— February 16th (@LaxGirlLex) February 7, 2019