Hawks Fall at Lenoir-Rhyne

HICKORY, N.C. The Shorter Hawks dropped the road game at Lenoir-Rhyne, 15-9, despite receiving five goals and three assists from Matt Kristiansen and Tyler Kristiansen.

Tyler Kristiansen got the scoring started when he put the pass from Zachery Dirkse in the back of the net after 1:27.

Lenoir-Rhyne tied the game before Matt Kristiansen and Kyle Morris provided scores to give the Hawks a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter saw nine goals scored, with Shorter (2-7) scoring just three Tyler Kristiansen, Kyle VanKauwenberg, and Matt Kristiansen all unassisted as the home team had the 7-6 lead at the intermission.

Michael Williams and Tyler Kristiansen kept things close with their goals in the third versus a trio of Lenoir-Rhyne goals, with Shorter down by a pair heading to the fourth quarter.

Lenoir-Rhyne (5-4) scored five consecutive goals to start the quarter to cement the game; VanKauwenberg scored the final goal of the game with 17 seconds remaining.

Tyler Kristiansen scored a trio of goals and added an assist while putting all five of his shots on goal; brother Matt Kristiansen scored a pair and dished out two assists while putting five of his seven shots on goal.

J.R. Willers made eight saves while facing 61 shots.

Shorter forced 16 turnovers and pressured the defense with 28 shots, going 1 for 5 in man up opportunities.

Each team won 14 faces offs, with the home team holding the slight 39-37 advantage in ground balls.

Shorter will return to action on March 23 from Ben Brady Field looking to end a five game losing streak.


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