Mars Hill Dominates 2nd Half to Win at Shorter

ROME -- The Shorter Hawks scored first in their second home game of the season held at Barron Stadium, but the early lead would not last, as the Mars Hill Lions dominated the second half on the way to the 16-8 victory.

Benjamin Janes scored after over four minutes of play elapsed for the first score of the game. Matt Kristiansen, James VandenBrink, and Janes each added another goal in the opening quarter as the Hawks held the 4-2 lead after 15 minutes of action.

After a pair of Lion goals to start the second quarter, Kristiansen picked up his second goal of the game to give Shorter (2-6) the 5-4 lead. Mars Hill responded with the help of a pair of goals by Jimmy McBride - part of a four-goal performance - to enter halftime up 6-5.

Zachery Dirkse and Andrew King each tallied a goal in the 13th minute of the third quarter to give the Hawks their final lead of the game.

Mars Hill (5-2) went on to score four consecutive goals, before King scored the final goal of the night for the Hawks with 5:09 left in the quarter.

The Lions scored twice more in the third quarter and scored four times in the fourth quarter without allowing a Shorter goal in the final 15 minutes.

J.R. Willers made 18 saves while facing 51 Lion shots. Each team was able to win 13 face offs, while the Hawks went 15 for 18 in clear attempts.

Mars Hill held the slight 35-33 advantage in ground balls, but capitalized off of 34 Hawk turnovers.

Shorter will return to Ben Brady Field on Thursday when Notre Dame de Namur visits for a 7:00 pm start.

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ROME, Ga. - The Lions' lacrosse team defeated Shorter on the road, 16-8. Mars Hill improved to 5-2 on the season, while Shorter fell to 2-5 on the year.

Kile Garrett and Jimmy McBride led MHC offensively scoring four goals apiece. Garrett added three assists. Will Scott and Jamie Raezer scored two goals each while Anthony Malcolm recorded one goal and three assists in the win. Patrick McMahon played all 60 minutes in goal for the Lions and made five saves.

Andrew King, Matt Kristiansen and Benjamin Janes scored two goals each to pace the Hawks. J.R. Willers also played the entire game in the net for Shorter and made 18 saves.

MHC outshot the Hawks, 51-18. The Lions won the ground ball battle, 35-33 and were 2-6 on extra-man opportunities. Each team won 13 face-offs.

Shorter jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. The Lions fought back out scoring the Hawks, 4-1 in the second frame to send the teams into the locker room at halftime with Mars Hill leading 6-5.

After Shorter took a 7-6 lead at the 13:04 mark of the third quarter, the Lions scored four unanswered goals to seal the win. Kevin Eskridge notched the match winner with 8:30 left in the third period off a pass from Garrett. Shorter was able to score one final goal before MHC added six unanswered to make the final tally, 16-8 in favor of the visitors. The Lions won the third quarter 6-3 and then shut out the Hawks in the final period, 4-0.

The Lions will host Notre Dame de Namur on Sunday, March 17. Game time is set for a 1:00 p.m. start.


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