Sacred Heart Defeats Furman at Homewood

The Paladins huddle during a recent practice (photo / Furman Athletics)

The Furman Paladins and Sacred Heart Pioneers had the chance on Saturday to face-off at the Yankee Stadium of college lacrosse when they met at Johns Hopkins’ storied Homewood Field.

They paid it fitting tribute in a see-saw game that ended with the Pioneers on top, 17-13. Sacred Heart plays in the Northeast Conference (NEC) while Furman is a member of the Southern Conference.

The Paladins took the game’s first lead on a goal from William Holcomb five minutes into the first quarter. From there, the Pioneers gained and held the advantage into the third, when Furman (0-3) briefly moved ahead on a goal from Gus Pinsoneault at the 8:11 mark.

Furman’s David Williamson tied his career-high with five goals in the loss. Williamson is the team’s leading scorer through three games with 12 points. Long-stick middie Parker Widhelm gathered four ground balls for the Paladins.

With the win, Sacred Heart moved to 2-1 on the season. The Paladins play their second of three neutral-site games this year when they face the Canisius Griffins (0-1) of the MAAC in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 24.

UNCA on Seven-Game Run

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The Bulldogs’ Ahmad Thomas (photo / UNCA Athletics)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNCA Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team is currently on a seven-game winning streak, all against Big South opponents. That puts the Bulldogs at 11-3 in the league – good for first place – and 18-9 overall. They are a perfect 12-0 at home this season.

UNCA made it seven straight when they defeated the Radford Highlanders (15-12, 8-6) on Saturday at Kimmel Arena. In that game, the Bulldogs were led by 17 from senior guard, Raekwon Miller.

The Bulldogs host Liberty University (16-11, 7-7) on Thursday at Kimmel Arena.

Furman Falls to UVM in NCAA Opener


GREENVILLE, S.C.Furman’s Richie Meade didn’t get the opener he’d hoped for in 2018 as the Paladins fell to the Vermont Catamounts, 12-6, in the 2018 NCAA DI Opener.

For Furman, David Williamson had four goals, but Vermont five goal outburst in the second quarter put them in command for the remainder of the contest. put up five goals in the second quarter to gain the winning margin. Due to its timing on the calendar, Williamson’s first score was also the first of the 2018 NCAA lacrosse season.

Ian MacKay had four goals for Vermont, and was followed by Liam Limoges with three. The Catmounts compete in the NCAA’s America East Conference in lacrosse.

In addition to Williamson’s four, the Paladins got scores from Carson Sorrells and Keegan Pearl. 

Furman travels to face UNC on February 10.

Pictured: Furman’s Lou Yovino (photo / Furman Athletics)

Furman Opens Men’s DI Lacrosse Slate


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Greenville, S.C. – The NCAA Division I lacrosse season gets underway this evening when the Furman Paladins host the Vermont Catamounts at 6:00 p.m at Paladin Stadium. For the Paladins, under veteran head coach Richie Meade, they’ll enter their fifth season of competition as an NCAA program.

The 2017 squad was the best in Furman’s short history, going 7-8 overall but ending the season with consecutive losses to the Richmond Spiders of the Southern Conference. The first defeat was the regular season closer, and the second came in the SoCon tournament. Meade was named the 2017 SoCon Coach of the Year as the Paladins rebounded from a 2-11 2016 campaign.

The Paladins return four of their top five scorers from 2017, including Jonah Moore, William Holcomb (pictured), Lou Yovino, and David Williamson.

In cage, they return 2017 starter Alec Van de Bovenmap, and senior backup Reilly McDermott.

Vermont finished the 2017 campaign at 5-8 and 1-5 in the America East Conference.

Pictured: The Paladins’ junior midfielder William Holcomb facing Vermont last season. (Photo / Furman Athletics)



Frozen Falls in Western NC

Catawba Falls in Old Fort, NC (Photo / T. Flynn)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – While the weather has been exceptionally cold in western North Carolina, a benefit (as noted by the Asheville Citizen-Times) is frozen waterfalls in the area. I followed a mile-long trail to one in nearby Old Fort that led to the 100-foot+ high Catawba Falls within Pisgah National Forest. Along the way were a number of locations where the streams leading away from the falls were frozen.

It’s an easy hike with a large payoff for the effort and it’s located about 15 miles east of Asheville, just over the Eastern Continental Divide off of I-40. For years, access to the falls was limited as they sat on private property, but acquisition of the land adjacent to the falls, as well as upgrades to the trail leading to it, have put it in reach for hikers. – TF

Frozen stream en route to Catawba Falls (Photo / T. Flynn)


January 6, 2018 Print Issue

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The January 8, 2018 issue looks at hockey’s relatively recent professional ventures in Ashevelle.  Fieldhouse is available at Hi-Wire BrewingBeaucatcher Motel, Dunkin’ Donuts (Biltmore Ave.) in Asheville and Score! in Black Mountain.

(photo / Icon Sportswire )

December 27, 2017 Print Issue

The December 27, 2017, issue of Fieldhouse features a cover story on NC State’s trip to the Sun Bowl and also has a look at the latest standings in area college women’s and men’s basketball.  Fieldhouse is available at Hi-Wire Brewing, Dunkin’ Donuts (Biltmore Ave.) in Asheville and Score! in Black Mountain. (photo / Icon Sportswire – William Howard)

Another Western State Adds Varsity Lacrosse

For several years I’ve contributed lacrosse articles to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). This week I wrote up an entry on the movement of the College of Idaho‘s men’s lacrosse program from a club program within the MCLA to a full varsity program in the NAIA.

It’s a noteworthy development as it’s the first collegiate varsity program in the state’s history, roughly 135 years after the sport established itself at a handful of eastern colleges. Here’s a link to the article. – TF