Feb. 28—CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina eventually broke free to beat High Point University 27-12 in a nonconference meeting of ranked men's lacrosse teams Saturday in Kenan Stadium.
Kevin Rogers had three goals and one assist to lead the Panthers (1-2), while Asher Nolting had three assists. Brayden Mayea, Hunter Vines and Sean Coughlin each had two goals to highlight High Point's offense.
Antonio Arcona made five saves in goal, while Parker Green made three and Beau Hecimovich made one.
The 15th-ranked Panthers scored the first two goals of the game, then took leads of 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 and tied the match 5-5 and 6-6. But the third-ranked Tar Heels (5-0) scored eight straight to lead 14-6 with 5:30 left in the second.
High Point inched within 14-9 just before halftime. But North Carolina — led by Chris Gray and Nicky Solomon, who each had four goals and three assists for the match — scored 11 of the first 12 goals of the second to lead 25-10 with 11:34 remaining in the match.
The Panthers, who lost 17-15 against the Tar Heels on Feb. 16, will next play at second-ranked Virginia on Wednesday before visiting top-ranked Duke on Sunday, March 7.
HPU BASEBALL, UNCG
HIGH POINT — UNCG scored the final three runs of the game to beat High Point University 4-2 in nonconference baseball Saturday at Truist Point.
Peyton Carr had two hits and a run to lead the Panthers (1-3), who scored single runs in the first and second. Joe Johnson also had two hits, while Brady Pearre had a hit, two walks and a run, and Justin Wilkins had an RBI.
Pearre doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the first, then Carr singled, went to third on a double by Adam Stuart and scored on a groundout to give High Point a 2-1 lead in the second.
But the Spartans (4-1) answered with two in the third — on a triple by Corey Rosier and a sacrifice fly by Greg Hardison — and one in the eighth — on a solo homer by Hogan Windish, who starred for the HiToms this summer.
Austin Koehn got the win for UNCG, striking out eight in six innings, while Kross Robinson got the save. Grey Lyttle, who also struck out eight, took the loss in five innings for High Point.
After Friday's scheduled opener was postponed, the teams will play a doubleheader this afternoon at Truist Point starting at 1.
HPU WOMEN'S LACROSSE, JAMES MADISON
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Twelfth-ranked James Madison edged High Point University 10-9 in overtime Friday in nonconference women's lacrosse at snowy James Madison.
Abby Hormes had three goals and one assist to lead the Panthers (1-2). Rachel Foster added two goals and one assist, while Kaely Kyle scored two goals to key High Point on offense.
The teams were tied 5-5 at halftime and 9-9 at the end of regulation. The Dukes (1-0), who were ledy by Tai Jankowski (two goals, two assists) and Kacey Knoblock (four assists), scored the winner 1:15 into the six-minute overtime.
Sarah Zeto made eight saves for the Panthers, who host Davidson on Wednesday.
BAKERSVILLE — Bishop McGuinness lost 55-54 against Mitchell on Saturday at Mitchell in the regional semifinals of the NCHSAA 1A West girls basketball playoffs.
Alaila Kreuter scored 16 points to lead the Villains (10-4), who trailed 26-25 at halftime but led 41-38 at the end of the third. Michelle Petrangeli followed with 13 points, while Charley Chappell had 10 points.
Bishop, the No. 15 seed, whittled a two-possession deficit to one during the final seconds and had a shot from the lane just before time expired. Mitchell (16-0), the No. 6 seed, will host either Murphy or Robbinsville in the West final.