By Matt Green
Hawks (2-2) at Lindenwood (2-1)
Wednesday, March 6; 8 pm ET; St. Charles, Mo.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Fresh off their first home victory of the season, the Shorter Lacrosse Hawks hit the road for St. Charles, Mo., and a non-league date with Lindenwood University set for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6, at 8 pm ET.
Shorter (2-2), which set a school record for goals in a game in a 27-9 victory over Alderson-Broaddus at Ben Brady Field on Saturday, is in search of its first win against Lindenwood, which beat the Hawks twice last season in the teams' first ever meetings. The Lions (2-1) topped Shorter 14-4 in Rome before beating the Hawks 15-7 in Missouri later in the season.
Lindenwood has quickly emerged as a lacrosse power in the midwest, and last season, its first in the Division II ranks, the Lions went 8-7 with three losses coming by a single goal, including a loss to nationally ranked Pfeiffer. Lindenwood has had a lacrosse program since 2003.
The Lions currently have two players with double figure points. Brandon Steubing has six goals and four assists while teammate Greg Cameron has recorded four goals and six assists. In goal, Dan Ashlock has logged the most minutes, going 1-1 with 126 minutes played during which he has made 30 saves with a .508 save percentage.
After dropping its first match of the season to Florida Southern, the Lions have reeled off two straight wins, defeating Florida Tech (15-8) and Rollins in double overtime (16-15).
Shorter is in its third year as a program and its first under new head coach Jason Childs. After two close losses to open the year, the Hawks have reeled off two straight wins, the first a 14-9 win over Lees-McRae of Conference Carolinas on Feb. 23 and the most recent, the 18-goal triumph over Alderson-Broaddus.
The Hawks have rediscovered their offensive prowess with the return of sophomore Matt Kristiansen, who, after sitting during Shorter's first two games of the year, has compiled five goals and eight assists in Shorter's two wins. He dished out five assists in Shorter's win over Alderson-Broaddus and is second on the team with 13 points.
Senior Patrick Foy, junior Kyle VanKauwenberg and freshman James VandenBrink have been consistently solid for Shorter in the early going, with Foy's 18 points courtesy of 12 goals and six assists leading the Shorter roster. VanKauwenberg and VandenBrink have each tallied 10 goals on their way to 11 points apiece.
Between the pipes, freshman J.R. Willers has shown improvement in the early stages of the season, making 45 saves through four games with a .511 save percentage and 11.11 goals against average. Willers has also been aided by the return of defenseman Ken Brinson, who made his season debut in the win over Lees-McRae.