By James Vallone
ROME -- The Hawks lacrosse team started off the 2013 season by playing under the lights of Barron Stadium and playing host to Coker College, with the Cobras coming out victorious 15-9.
The Hawks found themselves down by two with less than five minutes run off the clock. Kyle VanKauwenberg would register the first goal for Shorter (0-1) mid-way through the first quarter of play to bring the score to 2-1. Coker (1-0) would add another goal to cap the first period of play with a 3-1 lead.
Coker would add two more goals at the start of the second quarter before the Hawks offense would provide some scoring, as James VandenBrink would score the first of his three goals off of a Patrick Foy assist, and then Foy would close the half with a goal of his own – his first of three. The Hawks would enter halftime trailing 6-3.
In the second half, Shorter put the first goal on the scoreboard to make it 6-4 with Benjamin Janes scoring with less than a minute off of the game clock. Coker would add four consecutive goals before Andrew King would score his first goal of the season.
The fourth quarter would see the Hawks and Cobras each scoring four goals, as VandenBrink would score twice along with two from Foy, with Janes adding two assists in the final minutes of play.
Overall Coker would outshoot Shorter 51-33 while outgaining the Hawks on ground balls, 51-35. The Hawks would win 17-of-28 face offs for the game. In goal, freshman J.R. Willers made 15 saves with nine of those coming in the second half.
Shorter is in action next weekend at Belmont Abbey from Belmont, N.C. The next home action will be on March 2 when Alderson-Broaddus visits Ben Brady Field.