Greenville, S.C. – Eight second half goals, including three by Abby Shields, propelled Furman to a 15-14 win over Stetson on Saturday afternoon inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves Furman to 2-8 on the year, while the loss drops the Hatters to 2-8.
Furman trailed by as many as five goals in the first half but rallied in the first 15 minutes of the second half to cut the Stetson lead to one. The Paladin defense flipped the script in the second half, allowing just three goals after giving up 11 in the first 20 minutes.
Abby Shields led the Paladins on offense with five goals and three assists, just two points shy of tying her own school record. Meg Lingo added three goals and three assists, while freshman Hannah Demis tacked on two goals and two assists of her own. Freshman Avery Whitehead won a game-high 10 draws, while Courtney Baker earned the win in goal, allowing just three goals while making five saves in the game's final 30:00.
Stetson opened an early 6-1 lead over the Paladins, before Shields netted her first goal of the day to cut the lead to 6-2 with 13:05 remaining. The Hatters pushed the lead to 7-2 before Kyra LaMotte tallied her first-career goal to cut the lead to 7-3. The Hatters again responded with a goal to go up 8-3, but Furman rallied for three-straight goals from Lingo, Douglass, and Shields to cut the lead to two at 8-6 with 4:29 remaining. The teams traded goals until Stetson used back-to-back goals in the final minute of the half to take an 11-7 lead into the locker rooms.
Meg Lingo opened the second half scoring to cut the Hatters' lead to 11-8 with just under 27:00 to go. The Hatters responded with a goal to push the lead back to four, but Lingo picked up her third goal of the day with 25:17 remaining to cut the lead back to three at 12-9. Freshman Leah Nonnenmann ran by everyone on the field on a clear and netted her second goal of the season to cut the lead back to two with just under 22:00 remaining.
The Paladins kept the pressure on, as Shields scored her third goal of the day to cut the lead to one with 15:32 left. The Hatters responded with a goal to push the lead back to two with 15:15 to go, before Shields added her fourth goal to cut the lead to one with 11:06 to go and Nonnenmann added her second of the day to tie the game at 13 with just over 9:00 remaining.
The Hatters regained the lead with 7:17 remaining, but the Paladins tied the game off of the ensuing draw, as Lingo found Shields for her fifth goal of the afternoon. Then, with 2:35 remaining, Lingo found Demis in traffic and she netted her second goal of the day to give the Paladins a lead that they would not relinquish, as Courtney Baker stopped a Stetson free position attempt as time expired to give the Paladins the 15-14 victory.
Sandra Stephan led the Hatters with five goals on the day, while Karli Maguire added four.
Furman is back in action next weekend, at Kennesaw State and traveling to Mercer for its first SoCon game of the season.