Lacrosse picks up program-first road victory

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Will Beverina | wbeverina@radford.edu

A Radford lacrosse midweek loss to Big South leaders High Point was softened by a road win against Presbyterian on Saturday.

Playing at home last Wednesday, the Highlanders (6-8, 2-3) hosted the conference-leading Panthers at Cupp Stadium.

High Point (10-3, 4-0) looked to be running away with it early, scoring three goals in the first four minutes of the match, but a quick two-goal salvo from Juliette Ruland and Emma Rogers pulled the Highlanders back within one.

But the Panthers wouldn’t let the home side get any closer. A 10-goal run from the visitors put the game permanently out of reach from Radford, with three straight goals from Darla Poulin fueling the High Point surge. Adrian Rius netted her 29th goal of the year to end the half, but Radford went into the locker room down 13-3.

The second half was slightly kinder to the Highlanders, but High Point had little trouble closing out the game. Callie Bonnel scored the first goal of the last 30 minutes, but the Panthers scored six of the last seven goals to put away the game with a final score of 19-5. Ruland scored her second of the game to split the Panthers’ second half scoring.

A chance to rebound came later in the week against Presbyterian on Saturday. Radford made the trip down to Clinton, S.C. for the matchup.

The Highlanders took full advantage of the struggling Blue Hose (2-11, 1-4), jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. Lindsey Carroll picked up three goals during the run, with Rogers adding a brace and Ruland adding one of her own. Lauren Schaaf was finally able to break up the Radford run to make it 6-1, but 10 minutes later Rogers and Rius added another goal each to extend the lead to seven. The two sides traded goals until the end of the half for a 9-3 score in favor of the Highlanders after the first 30 minutes.

Radford won the second half with an identical score, this time kicked off by three straight goals for the visitors. Bonnel and Rogers contributed to the three-goal run, with Amanda Paino scoring her first collegiate goal less than five minutes in. Radford was in no real trouble the rest of the way out, winning by a final tally of 18-6. Rogers scored five goals on the day to bring her season total to 44, maintaining her conference lead with a game in hand over Campbell’s Nicole Beatson. Jenny Davis picked up the win for the Highlanders in net, making 14 saves while playing all 60 minutes.

Radford lacrosse closes out the season with two more games this week. A midweek road matchup against Liberty takes place in Lynchville, Va. at 6 p.m. on Wednesday before the Highlanders come back home for the season finale at Cupp Stadium against Campbell on Saturday at noon.