Greenville, S.C. – A five-goal second quarter proved the difference, as No. 5 Denver downed Furman, 13-8, on Saturday afternoon inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Pioneers to 3-1 on the season, while the loss drops the Paladins to 0-5.
Denver opened the scoring with 12:30 remaining in the first quarter, before the Paladins responded with a goal from Finn Barry to tie the game at one. The Pioneers netted back-to-back goals to push the lead to 3-1, but Chad Kreuzer scored his fourth goal of the year to cut the lead to one at 3-2 after the first quarter. Denver then used three extra-man goals in the second quarter to push the lead to 8-3 at halftime.
Furman rattled off three-straight goals by Yovino, Moore and Williamson to open the third and cut the lead to 8-6, but Denver responded with back-to-back scores to push the lead to 10-6 after three quarters.
The teams traded goals to open the fourth quarter, before Denver used back-to-back goals to put the game away. Jonah Moore finished off the hat trick on a goal with nine seconds to go, putting the final score at 13-8.
Colton Jackson and Ethan Walker each tallied four goals for the Pioneers, while Walker also added a game-high three assists.
The Paladins are back in action on Tuesday, March 6, taking on Penn State in Washington, D.C.