By Matt Green
ROME -- Matthew Kristiansen scored six goals and Ben Janes added three more as Shorter University's men's lacrosse team scored a 14-10 victory over NCAA Division II Lees-McRae College in the Hawks' 2012 home opener at Ben Brady Field on Friday night.
Shorter improved to 2-2 with the win while Lees-McRae dropped to 1-4. The Hawks are now a perfect 4-0 at all-time at home after winning all three of their games on their home turf during Shorter's inaugural 2011 season.
The Hawks raced out to a 6-2 lead after one quarter, led 9-6 at half, then buckled down defensively in the second half to pull out the victory.
The Bobcats netted the first two goals of the game, but the Hawks struck back with eight unanswered goals to go up 8-2. Kristiansen had three goals and an assist during that stretch and capped the spurt with a goal at the 9:02 mark of the second quarter.
Lees-McRae got three goals from Danny Ives during a 4-0 run that cut Shorter's lead to 8-6, but Kristiansen beat Lees-McRae keeper Ryan Harrison with 1:50 left until halftime to put Shorter back up 9-6, then scored to open the third quarter to give Shorter a 10-6 edge.
Kolby Hanson, Janes and Kristiansen scored three straight to start the fourth period as Shorter opened up a 13-6 lead to essentially put the game away. Janes capped the night's scoring with his strike at the 1:32 mark.
The Hawks held a 57-37 advantage in shots and a 47-41 edge in ground balls. Shorter goalie Erik Carson made 15 stops in a solid 60 minutes and Jordan Butz picked up nine ground balls to lead Shorter. Michael Matthews added two goals and a team-high three assists.
Danny Ives paced Lees-McRae with five goals and an assist. The Bobcats were held scoreless for the first 12:22 of the third quarter and scored just once over the first 21:34 of the second half as the Hawks pulled away.
The Hawks return to the field on Sunday, Feb. 26 when they play host to Lindenwood (Mo.) at 1:30 pm on Ben Brady Field.