BOILING SPRINGS – Furman used a 14-0 run to close the first half and captured a 21-5 win over Gardner-Webb Thursday afternoon at Spangler Stadium.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-10) played even with the Paladins (4-3) through the game's' first eight minutes, with Amanda Steinmuller's unassisted goal with 22:10 to play in the opening half tying the score at 3-3.
Furman's Paige Gamble sparked the game-changing run, however, scoring twice in a span of 18 seconds to push the Paladins' lead to 5-3. Gamble scored again with 18:47 left to push the lead to 8-3 – and the Paladins scored the nine goals of the half to lead 17-3 at intermission.
Cassidy McDowell found the back of the net for Gardner-Webb with 17:59 to play in the game for her 18th goal of the season and Abby Hanscom scored the final goal of the day for the Runnin' Bulldogs with 10:49 on the clock.
Furman held a 37-15 shooting edge in the game, with 26 of those shots coming in the decisive first half. The Paladins also held an edge in draw controls (16-9) and caused 10 of Gardner-Webb's 12 turnovers on the day – keying a handful of fast break opportunities.
Gamble paced the Paladins' offense, scoring four goals and dishing off an assist. Abby Shields had three goals and four assists, while Devon Horine, Hope Herline and Britt Douglass each scored twice. Furman had 13 different players score at least one goal in the game.
Gardner-Webb was led by Hanscom, who netted a pair of goals on three shots. McDowell, Steinmuller and Emma Rose also scored for the Runnin' Bulldogs. Steinmuller added a pair of assists in the game.
Melan White picked up nine saves in the net, going the distance on Thursday afternoon. The Runnin' Bulldogs were without two starters for the game due to injury/illness.
Next up for Gardner-Webb is the beginning of Big South Conference action, which starts on Saturday, April 1 at Noon – as GWU hosts High Point in Spangler Stadium.