Hawks Pick up First Win of Season at Lees-McRae

BOONE, N.C. -- Shorter outscored Lees-McRae by a 6-1 margin in the fourth quarter to rally for a 14-9 victory in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon at Watauga High School.

Shorter (1-2) edged Lees-McRae (0-5) by a 43-42 margin in shots, including a 24-19 advantage in the second half, as the Bobcats scoped up 48 ground balls and converted 3 of 8 man-up opportunities. The Hawks converted 25 of 30 clear attempts in the contest, while winning 15 of 27 face-offs and recording 42 ground balls.

Jeff White (Middle Township, N.J.) paced the Bobcats with four goals and six ground balls, causing three turnovers, as Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) tallied two goals and Nick Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) added one goal and one assist. Ryan Sparks (Hilton Head, S.C.) chipped in a game-high eight ground balls, while Ryan Harrison (Lake Mary, Fla.) posted 16 saves.

Kyle VanKauwenberg led the way for Shorter with four goals, as Matt Kristiansen and Patrick Foy each added a hat trick. Kristiansen chipped in a game-high three assists, while Joshua Skinner scoped up six ground balls and J.R. Willers posted 12 saves.

Shorter opened the scoring less than a minute into the first quarter, taking a 1-0 lead on VanKauwenberg's first strike of the afternoon at the 14:12 mark. The Bobcats would answer with five of the next nine goals, evening the tally at 5-5 on White's third of the game with 2:35 left in the second quarter.

After the Hawks responded with a Kyle Morris strike, and Lamb countered with a goal of his own at the 1:06 mark, Kristiansen sent Shorter into halftime with a narrow 7-6 lead on a last-second strike. The Bobcats answered in the third, taking an 8-7 advantage on Meyer's man-up goal with 7:13 left in the quarter.

Shorter responded with four consecutive goals, claiming an 11-8 lead following Foy's third goal of the game at the 6:26 mark in the fourth quarter. The Hawks would close out the win from there, scoring three late goals to counter White's fourth strike of the day and equal the final margin of 14-9.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Wednesday when the Bobcats host No. 4 Limestone College in their Conference Carolinas opener at 4:00 p.m.

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BOONE, N.C. - A fourth quarter offensive explosion broke a tie, and the Hawks picked up their first win of the season at Lees-McRae, 14-9.

Kyle VanKauwenberg provided a pair of goals in the first quarter as part of a three goal quarter for the Hawks, taking the early 3-1 lead.

The second quarter saw nine goals scored between the two teams, five of which by the home team. Shorter (1-2) got scores from Matt Kristiansen, VanKauwenberg, Kyle Morris, and Kristiansen again. The Hawks were able to enter halftime with the 7-6 lead.

VanKauwenberg registered his fourth and final goal of the game late in the third quarter to tie the game, 8-8, after Lees-McRae (0-5) had taken the lead.

Patrick Foy scored twice in a six goal fourth quarter as Shorter was able to pull away from the home team. Kristiansen added his third goal of the game in the fourth, while Andrew King, Benjamin Janes, and James VandenBrink capped the scoring for the day.

J.R. Willers made 12 saves while facing 42 shots, 21 of which were on goal.

The Hawks defense was able to force 28 turnovers from the Bobcats, while picking up 42 ground balls. Shorter was able to win 15 of 27 face offs, while going 25 for 30 on clear attempts.

Jeff White scored four times for Lees-McRae, while also picking up an assist, on a day where he attempted 17 shots and picked up six ground balls. Ryan Sparks got to eight ground balls for a game-high, while Ryan Harrison faced 30 shots and was able to make 16 saves.

The Hawks will be back at home on the turf of Ben Brady Field on March 2, hosting Alderson-Broaddus, with the game set to begin at 3:00 pm.


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