High Point, N.C. – The 11th-ranked High Point Panthers (6-1) scored 11 second quarter goals to break open a close game and defeated visiting UMBC (1-4), 22-13, at Vert Stadium.
Sophomore midfielder Steven Zichelli (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) led a balanced offensive effort with two goals and one assist. Senior midfielders Josh Jordan (Lunenburg, Mass.) and Zach Kalas (Annapolis, Md./Spalding), and junior attackman Ryan Frawley (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) also tallied a pair of goals for the visitors.
The Retrievers fell behind, 4-1, but rattled off three goals in the span of 2:57 to knot the score with 4:21 to play in the first period. Zichelli scored the first and third goals of that run. But the hosts responded with two goals in an 18-second span to take a 6-4 lead after 15 minutes.
UMBC was still within 9-6 after Frawley's first score of the day at the 11:03 mark of the second period. But, after a five minute lull, HPU outscored UMBC, 8-1, in the final 6:10 of the half and led, 17-7 at the break.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tommy Lingner (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) made 10 saves and allowed 20 goals in the first 45 minutes of play, as HPU outshot UMBC, 45-33.
The Retrievers open America East play on Saturday, March 16 when they welcome Vermont to UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for noon.