Greenville, S.C. – Behind goals from 11 different players, Furman powered past Delaware State, 18-5, on Thursday afternoon in Paladin Stadium. The win moves the Paladins to 8-4 on the year and 4-1 in ASUN play, while the loss drops the Hornets to 1-6 and 1-5 in ASUN play.
Freshman Grace Pollak, sophomore Abby Shields, and senior Ashley Trice each recorded a hat trick for the Paladins. Pollak led all scorers with a career-high four goals, while Shields led with three goals and two assists for five points. Maggie Friel and Courtney Baker split time in goal, allowing just five goals on 11 shots.
Furman opened the half on an 11-0 run in the first 10 minutes of game time, capped off by Haley Gray's first career goal. Iman Hasan scored for the Hornets to cut the lead to 11-1, but Furman responded with two goals by Grace Pollak and one by Allie Shell to push the lead to 14-1 heading into halftime.
The Paladins pushed the lead to 16-1 on goals by Pollak and Taylor Thene to open the second half, before Delaware State cut the lead to 16-3 with back-to-back goals by Tai Galmore and Iman Hasan with just under 15 minutes remaining. Hasan scored her third goal of the game on a free position attempt to cut the lead to 16-4, before Kasie Lilly netted her first goal of the day to push Furman's lead to 17-4. The Hornets responded with a goal by Brionna Watkins to cut Furman's lead to 17-5 with 5:00 to go, before Pollak added her fourth goal of the day to give Furman the 18-5 victory.
The Paladins are back in action on Saturday, hosting Howard in Paladin Stadium for an 11:00 a.m. contest.