Greenville, S.C. – An 8-2 first half deficit was too much to overcome, as Furman fell to Coastal Carolina, 15-8, on Sunday afternoon in the teams' ASUN opener. The win moves the Chanticleers to 4-4 on the year and 1-0 in conference play, while the loss drops the Paladins to 4-4 and 0-1 in ASUN play.
Paige Gamble led Furman offensively with three goals and an assist for four points, while Abby Shields also netted three goals. Courtney Baker played 35:47 in goal for the Paladins, making five saves.
The Chanticleers were led by Madeline Bromley with four goals and an assist on the afternoon, while Courtney Genovese tallied three goals and three assists.
Coastal Carolina opened up an early three-goal advantage under 10 minutes into the game, forcing the Paladins to call a timeout. Furman was able to cut the lead to 3-1 as Ashley Trice found a cutting Meg Lingo for her first goal of the day with 16:37 remaining in the half. The Chanticleers then used back-to-back goals to push the lead up to four at 5-1 with 11:40 to go in the half. Thirty seconds later, following a Coastal Carolina foul, Paige Gamble picked up her first goal of the day to cut the lead to 5-2. The Chanticleers again responded with back-to-back goals to push the lead to five at 7-2, before taking an 8-2 lead heading into halftime.
Lingo won the second half's opening draw and found an open Gamble for a point-blank goal to cut the lead to 8-3 just 12 seconds into the half. The Paladins were able to cut the lead in half two minutes later, on a goal by Abby Shields on an assist from Gamble. The Chanticleers won the following draw and pushed the lead back to five with Keri White's third goal of the day, but Furman responded with a goal by Lingo on the ensuing draw to cut the lead to 9-5 with 26:08 to go in the game. Both teams played solid defense for the next eight minutes, until Gamble netted her third goal of the day to cut the Chanticleer lead to 9-6 with 18:57 to go, forcing Coastal Carolina to call a timeout.
Both teams were kept off the board until Coastal Carolina used a 5-0 scoring run to push the lead to 14-6 over the next 13 minutes of game time. Shields netted her second goal of the day on a free position attempt to cut the lead to 14-7 with four minutes remaining, before the Chanticleers pushed the lead back to eight at 15-7 with 3:05 to go. Shields netted her third goal of the day on an assist from Ashley Trice to cut the lead to 15-8 with 1:40 to go, but Furman couldn't overcome the deficit, falling to Coastal Carolina, 15-8.
Furman is back in action on Friday, traveling to Detroit, Mich., to continue ASUN play at Detroit Mercy.