Mount Pleasant, Mich. – Behind five first-half goals, Furman downed Central Michigan, 8-6, on Sunday morning despite snow and sleet. The win moves the Paladins to 7-7 on the year, 2-1 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Chippewas to 6-8, 2-2 in SoCon play.
Grace Pollak led the Paladins with three goals on the day, while Sophie Brennan added two. Sydney Catts picked up two points with a goal and the Paladins' lone assist, while Brennan caused a team-high four turnovers and picked up five ground balls. Courtney Baker played all 60:00 in goal, making 14 saves.
The Paladins jumped out to a 3-0 lead to open the game, before the Chippewas cut the lead to 3-1 with 18:36 remaining in the half. Grace Pollak and Kyra LaMotte netted back-to-back scores to push the lead to 5-1, before Central Michigan used back-to-back scores to cut the lead to 5-3 heading into halftime.
The Chippewas continued to hold the momentum to open the second half, netting back-to-back scores to tie the game at five. Sophie Brennan scored a free position to regain the lead for the Paladins with 17:38 to go, before the Chippewas tied the game at six, halfway through the second half. Furman responded, however, using back-to-back scores from Abby Shields and Brennan to take the 8-6 victory.
The Paladins are back in action on Thursday, hosting Delaware State inside Paladin Stadium at 5:00 p.m.