Hawks Rocket Past Lees-McRae

ROME--Shorter got back into the win column, after dropping their last two games by one point each, with a 21-2 win over Lees-McRae Saturday afternoon at Ben Brady Field. The win improves the Hawks to 5-7 on the season, while the Bobcats fall to 0-11 overall.

Shorter jumped out to an early lead; scoring five times in the opening period. Matt Kristiansen started things off with a goal at 14:37, Kyle VanKauwenberg followed with back-to-back goals, before Kristiansen netted his second of the day. James VandenBrink also got in on the action with his first of three on the day with 7:01 to play in frame.

In the second quarter, the Hawks scored four times. Lees-McRae broke the shut, however, with a goal at the 6:12 mark. During the frame Kristiansen and Michael Myerson each scored once, while Zachery Dirkse netted two for the Hawks.

The third quarter was all Shorter, as the Hawks held the Bobcats scoreless and added five goals to their tally to make it a, 14-1, game. Before the first minute ticked off VandenBrink found the back of the net. At 12:15 Kristiansen scored on a feed from VandenBrink, and with 11:32 Jack Currier scored. Both, Andrew King and Dirkse also scored in the frame.

The final frame saw the most scoring as the Hawks scored seven times, and Lees-McRae once for the 21-2 final score. During the period Spencer Wenzel, Michael Williams, Jordan Coates, and Ryan Baird (2) each scored their first goals of the season.

Tanner Short earned his first start of the season, and played the complete game for Shorter; making 10 saves on 12 shots faced.

The Hawks outshot the Bobcats 49-14, held the advantage in ground balls 33-10, and won 18 of 25 face-offs.

Shorter will be back in action April 12, as they travel to Young Harris College for a 2:00 pm start in their final road game of the season. The Hawks will then wrap up the year, April 19, as Ohio Valley visits Ben Brady Field for a 12:00 p.m. game.

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ROME, Ga. -- Lees-McRae dropped a 21-2 decision to Shorter in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon at Ben Brady Field in Rome, Ga.

The Shorthawks (5-7) had a trio of players record a hat trick while Matt Kristiansen led the way with five goals. The Bobcats (0-11) forced 16 turnovers.

Kristiansen and Kyle VanKauwenberg did most of the damage early on while combining for five goals and an assist as SU led 7-0 halfway through the second quarter.

LMC's Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) put his squad on the board with an unassisted goal at the 6:12 mark in the second quarter.

The Shorthawks responded with a 13-0 run while nine different players notched a goal.

Zachery Dirkse and James VandenBrink combined for 12 shots and six goals in the contest.

The Bobcats' Nick Meyer (St. Louis, Mo.) found the back of the net with 4:59 remaining the contest following a pass from Dominick Hamilton (Beech Mountain, N.C.).

Junior Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) earned 18 saves on the day while SU held the groundball advantage, 33-10.

The Bobcats welcome Mars Hill in their last home game of the year on Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. at Tate Field.

2014-04-05



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