By Matt Green
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Adams State used a 4-1 run in the second period to build a comfortable lead, then withstood a second half rally from Shorter en route to a 15-12 victory over the Hawks in non-league men's lacrosse action on Tuesday morning in St. Charles, Mo.
Shorter ends the season with an 8-9 record after dropping its third consecutive game in Missouri. The Hawks, who entered their final road trip riding a three-game winning streak, fell to NCAA Division II Colorado Mesa on Saturday and NCAA Division II provisional member Lindenwood on Sunday before coming up just short against Adams State (5-5).
Down 8-3 at the half, Shorter chipped away at Adams State's lead throughout the second frame.
Kyle Van Kauwenberg, who paced Shorter with four goals, scored twice in the third period to bring the Hawks within 10-6 entering the fourth quarter. Van Kauwenberg scored again to cap Shorter's 3-1 run to open the fourth quarter, pulling Shorter to within 11-9 with 9:59 to play in the game.
Adams State responded, however, scoring the next four goals of the game to seize control in the waning moments. Parker Smith and Josh Peterman scored twice each during the spurt that ended with Adams State leading 15-9 with 1:18 left. The Hawks scored three times in the final minute to draw within three at the final buzzer.
Matthew Kristiansen scored three goals for Shorter and Ben Janes added two goals and three assists. Michael Matthews led the Hawks with four assists and Scott Dangel also scored twice. Goalie Erik Carson made six saves and led Shorter with six ground balls.
Adams State's Anthony Damico led all players with five goals, four of which came in the first half to help ASC build a sizable lead. Adams State outshot Shorter 53-26 and held a 55-40 advantage in ground balls.
The Hawks closed out the 2012 season with three straight losses, but the team has plenty to celebrate in its second year as a program.
Shorter's eight wins in 2012 surpass the seven victories in 2011. The Hawks also continued in their dominance at home, going 6-1 on Ben Brady Field this season to improve to 9-1 all-time within the friendly confines. The Hawks started 2-4, but reeled off six wins over an eight game stretch to improve to 8-6 heading into the season-ending road trip to Missouri.