High Point, N.C. – Behind four goals from Erica Perrotta, High Point downed Furman women's lacrosse 17-6 in the 2018 season opener. The loss drops Furman to 0-1, while the win moves the Panthers to 1-0.
Furman was led by Britt Douglass on offense with three goals, while Abby Shields, Isabelle Walsh, and Sophie Brennan each tallied one. Hannah Demis dished out two assists, while Shields added one. Maggie Friel played the majority of minutes in goal for the Paladins, making nine saves, while Courtney Baker played the final 10:02 in goal with two saves.
The teams traded goals to open the game, before High Point used a 4-0 scoring run to open a 5-1 lead with 18:45 to go in the first half. Abby Shields ended the Panther run to cut the lead to 5-2, but High Point again responded with a 3-0 run to open an 8-2 advantage. Britt Douglass scored her second goal of the day with 4:31 remaining in the first half to send the teams to the halftime locker rooms with High Point holding an 8-3 lead.
The Panthers opened the second half with back-to-back goals to push the lead to 10-3, before Isabelle Walsh cut the lead to 10-4. The Panthers then scored six unanswered to put the game out of reach, before the Paladins ended the run on a goal by Douglass. High Point got a goal from Brooke Stevens with 8:15 to go before Sophie Brennan netted the final goal of the day, giving the Panthers the 17-6 victory.
High Point was led on offense by Erica Perrotta with four goals, while Ashley Britton and Darla Poulin added three each. Emory Gaeng and Brooke Stevens each scored two goals and added an assist, while Jill Rall and Sarah Zeto split time in goal, making one and two saves, respectively.
Furman is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Presbyterian at 6:00 p.m. in the 2018 home opener.