GREENVILLE, S.C. – Vanderbilt started its road trip off with a resounding 18-5 victory over Furman on Sunday at Paladin Stadium.
The Commodores (3-0) jumped out to an early lead and never looked back after scoring nine goals in each half.
Sophie Furlong, the Commodores’ leading scorer, kicked things off within the first minute of the game. After Furman tied it up, Vanderbilt rattled off eight straight goals for a 9-1 lead with four minutes left in the first half.
Emily Mathewson led the way offensively with a hat trick with two of those goals coming on free position attempts. Six different Commodores also scored multiple goals in the game: Melanie Becker, Julie Blaze, Hadley Brown, Gwyn Devin, Bri Gross and Callie Sundin.
Blaze has scored two goals in each game this season while Sundin has scored six goals in the past two games. She also had a season-high six draw controls vs. Furman, while Mathewson trailed her with three.
Becker filled up the stat sheet for the Commodores as she caused turnovers and recorded four ground balls and three draw controls. Devin was the only other Commodore with multiple caused turnovers with three.
Gabby Fornia set a career-high with four assists, surpassing her previous career-high of three. She now leads the team in assists with eight so far this year with seven of those assists coming in the past two games.
Karlie Bucci scored her first collegiate goal, and Cassidy Orban notched her third goal of the season.
Lily Argyle started in goal for the Commodores and earned her second win of the season. She posted six saves while only allowing four goals. Grace Bell relieved her late in the second half and made one save.
The Commodores continue their five-game road trip next week against Louisville on Feb. 27, at noon.