High Point, N.C. – Thanks in part to an 8-3 halftime lead, No. 14 High Point downed Furman, 17-10, on Saturday in High Point, N.C. The win moves the Panthers to 8-2 on the year, 2-1 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Paladins to 2-8, 0-3 in SoCon play.
Furman was led by William Holcomb with four points on the day (two goals, two assists), while Carson Sorrells also added two goals. Chad Kreuzer added two assists to go with his goal, while Corey Hall picked up a team-high five ground balls. Alec Van de Bovenkamp made nine saves on the day.
The Paladins opened the game on a goal by Chad Kreuzer to take a 1-0 lead, before the Panthers used a 4-0 scoring run to take a 4-1 lead with just over 2:00 left in the first. Anders Erickson then netted his sixth goal of the year to cut the lead to 4-2 heading into the second period.
High Point scored three-straight goals to open the second, before Zach Scott ended the run and cut the lead to 7-3. The Panthers pushed the lead to five a 8-3 with 8:12 on the clock, before both teams were held scoreless for the remainder of the period and High point took the 8-3 lead into halftime.
Keegan Pearl got the Paladins on the board to start the second half, cutting the lead to 8-4, before High Point used a 5-0 scoring run to take a 13-4 advantage. The Paladins then netted back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 13-6 at the end of the third.
Carson Sorrells continued the Furman scoring run to open the fourth, cutting the High Point lead to 13-7, but the Panthers again responded, this time with back-to-back goals to push the lead to 15-7 with 8:30 remaining. The teams then traded goals until William Holcomb netted back-to-back scores to cut the lead to 16-10. The Panthers scored the game's final goal with 1:17 to go, giving No. 14 High Point the 17-10 victory.
Furman is back in action on Saturday, April 6, welcoming Mercer to Paladin Stadium.