Jacksonville, Fla. – A 6-0 first half run gave Jacksonville the separation it needed, as the Dolphins downed Furman, 18-12, on Sunday afternoon. The win moves Jacksonville to 8-2 on the year, while the loss drops the Paladins to 4-6.
Abby Shields led the Paladins with four goals and an assist on the day, while Sophie Brennan and Kyra LaMotte each added two goals and LaMotte added two assists. Brennan won a team-high eight draws, while Courtney Baker made a career-high 17 saves.
The teams traded goals early in the first, until Furman netted three-straight goals to open a 5-3 advantage on the Dolphins with just over 13:00 to go in the half. Jacksonville responded with six-straight goals to regain the lead and push it to 9-5 with 2:50 left in the first. Furman ended the run just before halftime, as Sophie Brennan netted a free-position opportunity with 00:07 to go, sending the teams to halftime with Jacksonville holding the 9-6 lead.
Brennan cut the Dolphins' lead back to two at 9-7 with just over 4:00 gone in the second, before Jacksonville netted three-straight goals to push the lead to 12-7 with 19:00 remaining. The Dolphins kept the pressure on, adding two more goals to take a 14-7 lead, before Kyra LaMotte ended the scoring run and cut the lead to 14-8 with 10:00 to go. The teams then traded goals until Jacksonville netted back-to-back scores to push the lead to 18-10 with 3:30 remaining. The Paladins scored the game's final two goals, giving Jacksonville the 18-12 victory.
Furman is back in action on Friday, April 5, welcoming Kennesaw State to Paladin Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. contest.