GREENVILLE, S.C. – Facing one of the league’s toughest opponents on the road, the VMI lacrosse team fell to host Furman University by an 18-3 score Saturday afternoon at Paladin Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Paladins got off to a quick start as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter by outshooting the Keydets by a 15-2 margin. Furman put its foot on the brake in the second quarter by adding just one more score while VMI’s John O’Donnell put the Keydets on the scoreboard with 4:37 before the half.
Freshman John Daniel struck quickly for the Keydets in the second half just 17 seconds in as he earned an unassisted goal for VMI’s second score of the game. The Paladins would go on to score eight unanswered goals during the third and fourth quarters before VMI freshman Jonathan Durham tallied the Keydets’ final goal with five minutes left in the game, his second of the year.
Furman finished the game with 54 shots to VMI’s 21 and picked up 35 ground balls to VMI’s 17. The Paladin defense buckled down on the VMI attack by forcing turnovers on five of the Keydets’ 15 clear attempts. Both teams went 0-2 on extra-man opportunities.
Stephen Wierzbicki led the Paladins with four goals on the day while Matt Geran added three. David Williamson and Chase Hancock each scored twice to aid the Furman attack.
The Keydets return to action next Saturday for Senior Day as they play host to SoCon opponent Mercer University at noon at Drill Field No. 2.