The Furman Paladins are the 30th team to release their 2017 lacrosse schedule. The Paladins were 2-11 last season, and 2-5 in SoCon play. Let’s dive into their schedule.
Furman begins their season February 2 at home against Vermont. At least it’s at home, because if that game was in Burlington, yikes. That’s the earliest game known to date so far. Three days later, the team travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State. The Paladins host defending National Champion North Carolina on February 11. Furman takes on Sacred Heart on the 18th at the US Lacrosse facility, before taking on Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg on the 26th.
Furman’s final two nonconference games are against Big Ten opponents. First, they host Michigan March 4, followed by a trip to Happy Valley to take on Penn State on the 7th. SoCon play opens up on March 18 at home against Bellarmine, with Mercer coming to Greenville on March 25.
The remainder of the season alternates between away and home games. It begins with a trip to Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins on April 1, before returning home to take on defending SoCon champion Air Force on the 8th. The Paladins travel from South Carolina to North Carolina to play the High Point Panthers on April 15, and return home for their final home game against VMI on April 22. The regular season finale is at Richmond on the 29th.
So since Furman hasn’t had a full graduating class until this year, pretty much everybody is back from 2016 for head coach (and good friend) Richie Meade. That includes leading scorer and midfielder David Williamson, along with attackman Jonah Moore. Scott Primeau, William Holcomb, and Finn Barry are others that will be counted on once again to contribute on offense. Joe Stone continues to anchor the defense, along with Connor Kipke, Jason Moore, Myles Cohen, Tommy Farnish, and Parker Widhelm. Reilly McDermott returns as the starting goalkeeper, while Hil Blaze returns to take the majority of the face-offs, while Justin Kane is another reliable option if Blaze starts losing draws.
To see every team’s schedule and which one’s we’ve highlighted, check our our master schedule list.