On Monday evening the #11 ranked High Point Panthers marched into Charlottesville, VA and came out victors over the #12 ranked Virginia Cavaliers. The Panthers rallied from down 3-0 early to take down their second ACC opponent of the year.
Virginia started the game off very hot as Matt Moore, Dox Aitken, and Ian laviano combined for three goals in the first five minutes of the game to go up 3-0 early. After that 3-0 run Virginia wouldn’t get much going at all on offense as the High Point defense really limited them.
Meanwhile, the High Point offense was heating up as they went on a five goal that lasted from midway through the first until early in the second quarter. During that High Point run Asher Nolting notched one while Jake Schleppy found the back of the net twice. Koby Russell and Taylor Acra also scored during that run.
The Cavaliers were able to tie it up at 5-5 with with 6:01 left in the second quarter, and it was a very tight game from that point on. High Point and Virginia each scored twice more to make it an even 7-7 tie heading into the half.
It was a back-and forth start to the second half as Matt Moore started the scoring for Virginia and Ben Baker answered for High Point just eight seconds later. Just eighteen seconds later Virginia had scored twice more, with a Petey LaSalla goal giving them a 10-8 lead with 10:30 in the third.
After High Point tied it up again at 10-10 with 3:50 left in the third was a very tight and exciting end to the quarter. Each side went back-and-forth in the last two minutes of the quarter. Matt Moore found the back of the net with :41 in the third to give Virginia the 12-11 lead heading into the final fifteen minutes of play.
High Point was able to score a goal pretty early in the fourth to tie things up at 12-12. The Panthers defense held their own and Troutner started to heat up the fourth, which really gave High Point a boost of energy. A Chris Young goal with 7:09 in the fourth put High Point up 13-12. After a forced turnover on a clear the panthers scored an empty netter to go up 14-12 with 2:02 in the game. Virginia got a late goal from freshman Jeff Connor, but the High Point defense stood tall and prevented the Cavaliers from scoring in the final minute to force overtime.
High Point was led by Asher Nolting and his 4 goals. Chris Young and Koby Russell also had 2 points (1G,1A) in the win. On defense Clayton Krol really agve the Panthers a boost with 2 caused turnovers and 5 groud balls.
Virginia saw Matt Moore’s lead the Cavaliers offense with 7 points (3G,4A). Ian Laviano also had 4 goals. On defense it was Jared Conners (5CT,3GB) and Logan Greco (3CT,5GB) that led the way for the Cavaliers.
Tim Troutner made 17 saves for High Point while Alex Rode made 12 saves for Virginia.