HIGH POINT, N.C.— The High Point University women's lacrosse team earned its third Big South Tournament title after defeating Campbell 19-5 in Sunday's championship game.
The win also means the Panthers have earned the Big South's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
High Point took a 6-4 lead into halftime and never looked back. They went on a 13-1 run to close out the game and win this year's championship.
The team will now wait to find out when and where it plays in the NCAA Tournament.
High Point also won the Big South Tournament in 2013 and 2014.
HPU Women's Lacrosse Wins Big South Championship
Game Recap From HPU Athletics:
The High Point University women’s lacrosse team captured the Big South Championship with a 19-5 win over Campbell Sunday (May 7) at Vert Stadium.
It is High Point’s third Big South Championship after winning the title in 2013 and 2014. With the win, the Panthers (15-3) earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The selection show for the tournament will be broadcast Sunday at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com.
The two teams traded goals to start the contest and Campbell had a 3-2 lead with 13:07 left in the first, but High Point scored three of the next four goals to take a 6-4 lead into halftime. The Panthers then outscored the Fighting Camels, 13-1, in the second half to go on and win, 19-5.
“I thought we started a little slow today, but I was excited to see how we came out after halftime,” HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell said. “It was a combination of a lot of things, some jitters and some young players never having been in this position before, but we really responded to our halftime talk. I’m really thankful to be here and to be moving on with this team.”
High Point has now won a school-record 15 games in a row, which is tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation. The 15 victories also ties the school record for wins in a season (2011 and 2012).
The 19 goals by High Point is a Big South Championship final record.
Senior defender Christina Del Sesto was named the Big South Championship Most Valuable Player, while junior Darla Poulin, sophomore Emory Gaeng and freshman Jill Rall joined Del Sesto on the All-Tournament Team.
With four goals, senior Samantha Brown set the HPU single-season record for goals with 57. She also has 79 points (57 goals, 22 assists) on the season, which is two shy of the HPU single-season record (81 by Mackenzie Carroll in 2014).
Gaeng had a game-high five goals with an assist for six points, while Poulin also had six points on two goals and four assists. Poulin has 48 goals for the season, which is tied for the third-most in a single season in program history.
Freshman Jill Rall (14-0) made 13 big saves in the cage for the Panthers, her most against any Big South opponent this season and the second-most this season.
2017 Big South Championship All-Tournament Team
Christina Del Sesto, High Point (MVP)
Darla Poulin, High Point
Emory Gaeng, High Point
Jill Rall, High Point
Melissa Placek, Campbell
Kayla Reilly, Campbell
Alex Salim, Campbell
Katie Clark, Winthrop
Katherine Judge, Winthrop
Courtney Brown, Liberty
Victoria Tickle, Liberty