Greenville, S.C. – Behind 10 second-half goals, Central Michigan handed Furman its first SoCon loss of the season, a 13-10 decision on Friday night inside Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Chippewas to 8-5 on the year and 3-0 in SoCon play, while the loss drops the Paladins to 4-9, 1-1 SoCon.
Furman was led offensively by Abby Shields with four goals and three assists, while Britt Douglass, Meg Lingo, and Isabelle Walsh each added two goals. Courtney Baker played all 60:00 in goal, making seven saves on the day.
Central Michigan opened an early 2-0 lead in the game's first minute, before Abby Shields netted her first goal of the day to cut the lead to 2-1. The Chippewas responded with a goal to push the lead to 3-1, but Furman used a 5-0 run that included two goals by both Douglass and Walsh to end the first half and take a 6-3 lead into halftime.
The Chippewas opened the second half with three-straight goals to tie the game at six with 25:00 to go, before Meg Lingo gave the Paladins the lead at 7-6. CMU again tied the game with 21:38 remaining, but the Paladins used back-to-back goals by Abby Shields to push the lead to 9-7 with just over 12:00 remaining. The Chippewas then used a 4-0 run to seemingly put the game away, opening an 11-9 lead with just under 5:00 remaining. Lingo cut the lead to one with 4:35 to go, but the Chippewas closed the game with back-to-back scores to finish out the 13-10 win.
Furman is back in action on Saturday, hosing Detroit Mercy in a 4:00 p.m. game inside Paladin Stadium.