High Point tops Campbell in Big South Championship game

Melissa Placek (Courtesy of Todd Drexler)
Melissa Placek (Courtesy of Todd Drexler)

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HIGH POINT, N.C. --- High Point scored 14 second-half goals en route to a 19-5 victory over Campbell in the Big South Women's Lacrosse Championship game Sunday at Vert Stadium. Melissa Placek led the Camels with three goals in the program's first appearance in the league title game.

Placek was one of three Camels to be named to the all-tournament team. Kayla Reilly received also the honor after assisting on two of Placek's goals versus the Panthers and tallying five points in the semifinal victory over Winthrop.

Goalkeeper Alex Salim also landed on the all-tournament team after making a season-high 12 saves in just her second career start. Salim had 11 saves in Friday's win over the Eagles.

Despite the loss, the Camels still recorded their best record in program history with a 10-8 overall mark (.556). Campbell finished second in the Big South (6-1), its best finish in program history, and CU had a program-record six All-Big South selections.

Placek opened the scoring for the Camels eight minutes into the contest and Campbell held the lead three different times as the teams traded the first six goals of the game. High Point (15-3) took their first lead of the game at 4-3 off a goal from Samantha Brown with 8:28 left in the first half.

That goal was a part of a 3-0 run that pushed the Panther advantage to 5-3 with 6:07 showing in the first half. Placek broke HPU's scoring run and drew the Camels back within one just seconds later. However, Brooke Stevens gave High Point a 7-4 lead at halftime with her goal at the 2:30 mark of the opening frame.

The Panthers scored four-straight goals in the first six minutes of the second half to take a 10-4 advantage. Mackenzie Koeller put one back on the board for Campbell from the free-position with 22:56 left to play. However, that would be the Camels' final goal of the season as HPU found the back of the cage nine more times en route to the championship.

Placek picked up a career-high 10 draw controls to help land on the all-tournament team for the second-straight season. Koeller added an assist for two points in the contest while Sami Smit also found the back of the cage. Senior Erin O'Hara had two draws and two ground balls in her final game as a Camel.

Emory Gaeng led the Panthers with five goals and was named an all-tournament selection. Darla Poulin also landed on the all-tournament team with a game-high four assists and defender Chstina Del Sesto was named the tournament's MVP with four draw controls and two caused turnovers.

High Point will receive the Big South's automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Tournament.