Greenville, S.C. – A four goal halftime deficit was too much for a second half rally to overcome, as Furman fell to Iona, 11-6, on Sunday afternoon in Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Gales to 5-2 on the year, while the loss drops the Paladins to 1-5.
Abby Shields led Furman on offense with three goals, while Grace Pollak, Sophie Brennan, and Meg Lingo each added one. Brennan and Morgan Franklin each won four draws and Courtney Baker made six saves in 44:00 in goal for Furman.
Iona jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first five minutes of game play, before Furman got back-to-back scores from Abby Shields to send the teams to halftime with the Gales holding a 6-2 lead. Iona pushed the lead back to six with back-to-back goals in the first four minutes of the second half, but Furman responded with goals from Meg Lingo and Grace Pollak to cut the lead in half at 8-4 with 25:57 remaining.
The Gales again used back-to-back goals to push the lead to 10-4, before Furman also responded with consecutive goals from Brennan and Shields to pull the Paladins to within four at 10-6 with 12:38 remaining. Iona held strong on the defensive end, however, not allowing a Paladin goal the rest of the game and added a goal with just over 8:00 remaining to give the Gales the 11-6 win.
Kaitlyn Becker led Iona with three goals on the day, while Emma Hager added two goals and two assists. Shannon McCaffrey played all 60:00 in goal, making 12 saves.
Furman is back in action on Friday, March 16, welcoming San Diego State to Paladin Stadium for a 5:00 p.m. contest.