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Strong Second Half Pushes Richmond Past Furman

Chad Kreuzer
Chad Kreuzer
Richmond, Va. — Richmond tallied nine goals in the second half, including a 6-0 run, to comeback and down Furman, 13-7, on Saturday afternoon. The win moves the Spiders to 5-3, 2-0 SoCon, while the loss drops the Paladins to 2-6, 0-1 SoCon. 
Furman was led on offense by Chad Kreuzer with four goals, while Gus Pinsoneault added two. Alec Van de Bovenkamp made 17 saves in 60:00 in goal, while Corey Hall picked up a team-high nine ground balls. 
Furman opened an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter, as Holcomb and Kreuzer netted back-to-back goals in the game's first eight minutes. Richmond cut the lead to one with just under 8:00 remaining in the first, before Anders Erickson netted his fifth of the year to give Furman the 3-1 lead after one quarter of play.
Kreuzer picked up his second goal of the day to push the Furman lead to 4-1 at the start of the second, before Richmond cut the lead in half at the 8:03 mark. Gus Pinsoneault pushed the lead back to three at 5-2 with just under 5:30 remaining in the second, before Richmond again cut the lead to two with 4:30 remaining. Following a Richmond penalty, Kreuzer picked up the hat trick, pushing Furman's lead to 6-3 on a man-up opportunity with 2:26 remaining in the half. Richmond again cut the lead to two, this time with just seven seconds to go in the half, giving Furman the 6-4 lead after the game's first 30 minutes. 
Richmond caught fire in the second half, using a 6-0 run to take a 12-6 lead with 8:51 remaining. Kreuzer picked up his fourth goal of the day to cut the lead to 12-7, but Richmond pushed the lead back to six at 13-7 with just under 1:00 remaining. Pinsomeault netted his second goal of the day, and final goal of the game, with 13 seconds to go to set the final score at 13-8. 
Furman is back in action next Saturday, finally returning to Paladin Stadium for a 12:00 pm clash with Air Force.
Chandler Simpson, Furman Sports Information