Greenville, S.C. – The Paladins scored a season-high seven goals and Kenny Meinsen recorded the first hat trick of his Furman career, but it wasn't enough as Furman dropped a 13-7 contest to Bellarmine on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. With the win, Bellarmine moves to 3-0 on the year, while the Paladins drop to 0-5 in their inaugural season.
Meinsen led the Paladins with a career-high four goals, while Clay Adams recorded a career-high three assists. Matt Geran, Graham Dabbs and Scott Primeau each also scored a goal for the Paladins and J.J. McDaid tallied an assist. In his second start of the season, Jake Gavin recorded 10 saves.
Furman jumped out to an early lead with 10:07 remaining in the first quarter on Graham Dabbs' fourth goal of the season. The Paladins got three good looks at the goal on shots by Adams, Meinsen and Ben Levin before Kenny Meinsen netted his fifth goal of the season to give Furman a 2-0 lead with 1:57 remaining in the first quarter.
Bellarmine cut the Paladin lead in half with 13:04 remaining in the second quarter on a goal by Austin Shanks , before tying the game at 2-2 with 9:45 remaining in the quarter. Less than two minutes later, Scott Primeau netted his first goal of the season to put the Paladins back in front, 3-2, with 7:59 remaining in the quarter. The Knights then scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.
Bellarmine added another goal early in the third to take a 6-3 lead, but the Paladins would score two more goals of their own, both on man-up opportunities to cut the lead to 6-5. Kenny Meinsen scored his sixth goal of the season with 12:20 remaining in the period and Matt Geran added his third goal of the year with 8:24 remaining. Bellarmine closed out the third quarter with three unanswered goals to take a 9-5 lead into the fourth.
The Knights again added a goal early in the period, this time to take a 10-5 lead, but the Paladins scored on Meinsen's third of the day with 12:35 remaining to cut the lead to 10-6. Bellarmine scored three consecutive goals to take a 13-6 lead, before Kenny Meinsen scored the final goal of the day with 6:08 remaining to make the final score 13-7.
The Paladins return to Greenville for their first home game in almost a month, taking on Michigan on Saturday at 12:00 pm in Paladin Stadium.