By James Vallone
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Lindenwood proved again to be a nemesis to the Shorter Lacrosse Hawks, defeating them for the third time in three meetings, 22-7.
Carter McCracken got the scoring started early in the first quarter with his fifth goal of the season, giving the Lions an early lead.
Pat Foy was able to find Andrew King in front of the net to tie the game, 17 seconds later the Hawks (2-3) had their first lead with Joshua Skinner scoring on the James VandenBrink assist. Benjamin Janes put the Hawks further ahead, 3-1, with an unassisted goal.
Lindenwood (3-1) got a pair of goals to close the quarter with a 3-3 tie.
Lindenwood got hot in the second quarter, outscoring the Hawks 8-1 to take the 11-4 halftime lead. The Lions scored five consecutive goals to start the quarter.
Matt Kristiansen scored the lone Hawks goal in the second quarter, his sixth on the season.
After the intermission, Lindenwood scored four more times before VandenBrink scored on a Tyler Kristiansen pass.
Shorter entered the fourth quarter trailing 17-5, with Janes scoring his second goal of the game – giving him four on the season – and Ryan Baird ending the game with his second score of the season with 27 seconds remaining to play.
Greg Cameron scored four goals for the Lions, while a trio of players added three goals apiece in Andrew Peterson, Joe Roy, and McCracken.
J.R. Willers went the whole way in goal, facing 60 shots – 35 of which were on goal – while recording 13 saves.
Lindenwood was able to control the ball, claiming a 50-31 advantage in ground balls while forcing 20 turnovers from the Hawks.
The Hawks went 11-for-16 on clear attempts, while forcing 16 turnovers by the Lions.
Shorter returns to Ben Brady Field on March 9, hosting Wheeling Jesuit at 12 pm, as part of three straight home games.