Hawks Can't Catch Fighting Fleet

ROME--The Lady Hawks came up just short Monday afternoon at home, falling to Erskine, 14-13. The loss drops Shorter to 3-7 on the season, while the Fighting Fleet moves to 6-4.

Throughout the game the teams matched each other point for point, but in the end it was Erskine who came out on top. Aiste Pranciliauskaite led things off with her first goal of the game with 26:28 to play, but the Fighting Fleet tied the game one minute later. Mia Wiggins gave Shorter the lead, with 23:39, but again, Erskine answered this time finding the back of the net twice in 50 seconds.

The Lady Hawks fought back and scored three consecutive goals to make it a 5-3 game with 12:17 to play; first from Wiggins, followed by Ashley Nuqui and Pranciliauskaite. Through the remainder of the period, Erskine held Shorter to one more goal - the first of two in the game from Amber Hicks - while scoring three of their own to take a tie game into the intermission.

The second half was a seesaw affair; that saw a tied score four times, and the lead change five. The Fighting Fleet's Samantha Burns netted goals at 11:34 and 10:49, respectively, to give Erskine the 14-12, and they look back; holding Shorter to one goal in the remaining minutes to earn the win, 14-13.

Of Erskine's 14 goals, Burns scored 7 to lead all scorers. The Lady Hawks were led by a 5-goal performance from Wiggins; who netted her 20th goal of the season with 18:21 to play.

Shelby Beverly added 3 goals for Shorter, Pranciliauskaite and Hicks netted 2, and Nuqui recorded 1.

Taylor Moody played the complete game in goal for the Lady Hawks making 15 saves on 29 shots on goal.

The Fighting Fleet outshot Shorter 33-26, while the Lady Hawks led in ground balls (24-20), and draw controls (17-12).

Shorter will be back in action April 12, as they travel to Young Harris College for a 1:00 pm start.


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