Greenville, S.C. – Behind goals from 13 different players, Furman used its largest offensive output in school history to down Bellarmine, 19-6, on Saturday afternoon inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves Furman to 2-6 on the year and 1-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Knights to 1-6 on the year and 0-1 in SoCon play.
Furman was led on offense by Stephen Wierzbicki and David Williamson with three goals each, but it was Jonah Moore who set the school record for assists with five. Hil Blaze was 14-19 from the faceoff 'X', while also picking up a team-high seven ground balls. Alec Van de Bovenkamp picked up the first conference win of his career, making eight saves and allowing just four goals.
The Paladins scored just under a minute into the game, as Stephen Wierzbicki took a pass from Zach Scott to put the Paladins on the board. David Williamson then netted back-to-back goals for the Paladins to push the lead to 3-0 with four minutes gone. Joe Stone then fired a shot downfield on a clear attempt that found an empty net to give the Paladins the 4-0 advantage. Lou Yovino netted his first goal of the day to give Furman a 5-0 lead, before Bellarmine got on the board with 2:43 to go in the first, cutting Furman's lead to 5-1 after one quarter.
Wierzbicki opened the second quarter with a goal to push Furman's lead to 6-1, before Jonah Moore came around the left side of the goal to push the lead to 7-1. Wierzbicki completed the hat trick at the 11:45 mark to give the Paladins an 8-1 lead, but Bellarmine ended the Furman run with a goal by Jack Perkins to cut it to 8-2. Furman did not let up on the offensive end, however, as Chase Hancock netted an unassisted goal and David Williamson completed his hat trick to push the Paladins lead to eight at 10-2 and force a Knight timeout.
Out of the timeout, Finn Barry netted his third goal of the season to push the lead to nine, before Bellarmine ended its scoring drought and cut the lead to 11-3 with 1:40 to go in the half. Trevor Stuart netted the first goal of his career with under a minute to go in the second quarter to give the Paladins the 12-3 halftime lead.
Furman forced a turnover on a clear in the third period, and Zach Scott went through the goalie's legs for his first goal of the day to give Furman the double-digit lead. The Paladins continued to play strong defense, holding the Knights off the board in the third period, while increasing the lead to 16-3.
Graham Dabbs netted back-to-back goals to open the fourth for the Paladins, before the Knights netted three-straight goals to cut the Furman lead to 18-6 with 2:17 remaining. Ben Levin scored his first goal of the season with 36 seconds remaining to give the Paladins the 19-6 win.
Furman continues SoCon play next weekend, hosting Mercer on March 25 in a 12:00 p.m. contest.