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Jacksonville Downs Furman on Thursday

Meg Lingo of Furman women's lacrosse passes the ball to a teammate

Greenville, S.C. – A 7-0 run late in the first half proved to be the difference, as Jacksonville downed Furman 19-7 on Thursday night inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Dolphins to 6-3 on the year, while the loss drops Furman to 1-8. 

The Paladins were led by Hannah Demis with two goals, while Abby Shields added a goal and two assists. Courtney Baker and Maggie Friel split time in goal, with Baker leading with 10 saves.

Jacksonville opened the game with three-straight goals, but the Paladins responded with back-to-back goals and assists from Isabelle Walsh and Abby Shields to cut the lead to 3-2 with just over 24:00 remaining in the first half. The Dolphins used four-straight goals to push the lead to 7-2, before Furman got a goal from Hannah Demis to cut the lead to 7-3with 16:41 to go. Jacksonville again responded with back-to-back goals, but Furman used a goal by Kasie Lilly to pull to within five at 9-4. Jacksonville closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a 16-4 lead into the locker rooms.

Jacksonville pushed the lead to 17-4 to open the second half, but Furman used three-straight goals to cut the lead to 17-7. The Dolphins responded again with back-to-back goals to claim the 19-7 victory.

Ashtyn Hiron lead the Dolphins with five goals and an assist, while Emily Poelma played all 60:00 in goal, allowing seven goals while making three saves.

Furman is back in action on Saturday, March 31, hosting Stetson inside Paladin Stadium for a 12:00 p.m. game.