Macon, Ga. – Abby Shields scored with 59 seconds remaining to give the Paladins the 15-14, come-from-behind, overtime win over Mercer on Friday evening inside Five Star Stadium. The win moves Furman to 3-8 on the year, 1-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Bears to 4-7, 1-2 in SoCon play.
Grace Pollak led the Paladins with a career-high five goals, while Sophie Brennan and Abby Shields each added two. Freshman Sydney Catts won 11 draws for the Paladins, while Courtney Baker played 38:14 in goal, making three saves and earning the win.
The teams traded goals early, before Mercer used a 4-0 run to take a 6-2 lead with just under 17 minutes remaining in the first half. The Paladins responded with back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 6-4, before the teams again traded goals, allowing the Bears to take an 8-5 lead into halftime.
The Bears used back-to-back goals to open the second half and take a 10-5 lead, but Furman responded with a 6-1 scoring run, highlighted by back-to-back goals from Allie Shell and Grace Pollak to tie the game at 11 with just over 8:00 to go. Furman got two-straight goals from Grace Pollak with under two minutes to go to take a 14-13 lead, Furman's first of the day, but the Bears scored with 41 seconds to go to send the game to overtime.
Following a missed shot by the Bears, Furman's Abby Shields netted the game winner with 59 seconds remaining in the overtime period to earn the sudden death victory and give the Paladins' their first-ever Southern Conference victory.
Mercer was led by Lindsey Zeltwanger with four goals and an assists, while Erica Coyne and Meghan Segreti each added two.
Furman is back in action on Sunday, taking on Kennesaw State in Kennesaw, Ga. Fans can watch a live stream of Sunday's game here - http://iwlca-tv.com/.