Philadelphia, Pa. – Despite a fourth-quarter push from the Paladins, Sacred Heart capitalized on a 4-0 first-quarter scoring run to down Furman, 18-11, on Saturday morning at Radnor High School in Philadelphia, Pa. The win moves the Pioneers to 1-1 on the year, while the loss drops the Paladins to 0-3.
"I thought Sacred Heart outplayed us right from the beginning," said Furman head coach Richie Meade. "They had the opportunity to gain the lead and never let us get back into it. Every time we started to make a run at them, they would counter that and respond. I thought Sacred Heart played very well and we needed to play better."
Furman was led by Anders Erickson, William Holcomb, Jarrett Birch, and David Williamson with two goals each, while Chad Kreuzer, Gus Pinsoneault, and Corey Hall each added one. Alec Van de Bovenkamp played all 60:00 in goal for Furman, making nine saves.
Sacred Heart took a 2-0 lead in the game's first seven minute, before the Paladins responded with a goal from Erickson to cut the lead to 2-1 with 7:14 to go in the half. The Pioneers then used a 4-0 run over the next six minutes to push the lead to 6-1, before Erickson netted his second goal of the day to cut the lead to 6-2 after 15:00 of play.
The Pioneers pushed the lead to 8-2 in the early part of the second, before the teams traded goals and then Paladins got back-to-back scores from Hall and Williamson to cut the lead to 9-5 with just under 9:00 to go in the half. Sacred Heart then ended the half with back-to-back goals to take an 11-5 lead into halftime.
Sacred Heart then used a 5-2 third quarter to push the lead to 16-7, but Furman used four-straight goals to open the fourth and put some pressure on the Pioneers, cutting the lead to 16-11 with 8:30 to go. Furman would get no closer, however, as Sacred Heart ended the game with back-to-back goals to take the 18-11 victory.
Furman is back in action on Tuesday, February 19, playing host to Canisius inside Paladin Stadium at 7:00 p.m.