High Point makes school's first appearance in NSCAA Top 25
Following its 1-0 win against William & Mary last week, High Point is ranked No. 23 in the latest NSCAA Coaches' Poll. The ranking marks the first time that HPU has appeared in the national poll. Maryland is still on top of the poll at No. 1.
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“These are exciting times for our program here at High Point,” head coach Dustin Fonder said. “For our program to be considered nationally relevant is a fantastic thing. A lot of hard work has gone into achieving this ranking. That being said, it is hard to gain respect but easy to lose it so now we need to fight to protect it.”
The Panthers held William & Mary without a shot on goal in its 1-0 win against the Tribe. Senior Shane Malcolm scored the lone goal of the match with a tally in the third minute off a pass through the backline by senior Shawn Sloan. The shutout was HPU's third consecutive and its sixth of the season.
High Point is now 9-0-0 and has outscored opponents by a 29-4 margin. The Panthers are among the nation's leaders in both scoring offense and goals-against average, entering the week second in scoring offense at 3.22 goals per game and fourth in goals-against average at 0.44.
This is the first time that the Panthers have been ranked nationally in Division I by the NSCAA since joining in 1999-2000.