By James Vallone
ROME -- The Shorter Hawks scored first in their second home game of the season held at Barron Stadium, but the early lead would not last as the Mars Hill Lions dominated the second half on the way to the 16-8 victory.
Benjamin Janes scored after over four minutes of play elapsed for the first score of the game. Matt Kristiansen, James VandenBrink, and Janes each added another goal in the opening quarter as the Hawks held the 4-2 lead after 15 minutes of action.
After a pair of Lion goals to start the second quarter, Kristiansen picked up his second goal of the game to give Shorter (2-6) the 5-4 lead. Mars Hill responded with the help of a pair of goals by Jimmy McBride - part of a four-goal performance - to enter halftime up 6-5.
Mars Hill (5-2) went on to score four consecutive goals, before King scored the final goal of the night for the Hawks with 5:09 left in the quarter.
The Lions scored twice more in the third quarter and scored four times in the fourth quarter without allowing a Shorter goal in the final 15 minutes.
J.R. Willers made 18 saves while facing 51 Lion shots. Each team was able to win 13 face offs, while the Hawks went 15-for-18 in clear attempts.
Mars Hill held the slight 35-33 advantage in ground balls, but capitalized off of 34 Hawk turnovers.
Shorter will return to Ben Brady Field on Thursday when Notre Dame de Namur visits for a 7 pm start.