By Matt Green
Lady Hawks (3-2, 1-0 South Region) vs. Emmanuel (0-3, 0-1 South Region)
Tuesday, Feb. 26; 6 pm; Ben Brady Field
ROME – The Shorter University women's lacrosse team returns to National Women's Lacrosse League South Region action tomorrow night when it plays host to Emmanuel College in a 6 pm matchup on Ben Brady Field.
The game between the Lady Hawks and Lady Lions, originally scheduled to take place in Franklin Springs, Ga., has been moved to Shorter's Ben Brady Field due to saturated field conditions at Emmanuel. The contest will mark the second league game of the season for both Shorter and Emmanuel.
Shorter (3-2, 1-0 South Region) enters Tuesday's showdown with Emmanuel atop the NWLL South Region standings after a thrilling 11-10, double overtime victory over SCAD-Savannah back on Feb. 16 in Rome. SCAD-Savannah, the defending NWLL champion, was ranked No. 1 in the NWLL Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released back on Feb. 19.
The Lady Hawks, who finished third in the NWLL a year ago, appeared at No. 4 in the preseason league poll, behind SCAD, 2012 NWLL runner-up Indiana Tech and Aquinas College, whom Shorter defeated in the quarterfinals of last year's NWLL Tournament.
Tuesday's game is the first-ever matchup between Shorter and Emmanuel, which is in its first year as a program.
The Lady Lions (0-3, 0-1) are still in search of their first win after falling in their first three games of the season by a combined score of 58-14. Emmanuel dropped a 19-3 decision to SCAD-Savannah on Feb. 15 in its NWLL debut and, most recently, fell to Newberry College 19-7 on Feb. 19 in Franklin Springs.
Shorter, which is coming off an 18-0 defeat at the hands of Midwest lacrosse power Lindenwood (Mo.) last Friday night – a loss that snapped a three-game winning streak – hopes to get back to its winning ways on Tuesday behind its patented balanced offensive attack and strong defensive play.
Bianca Rojas has six goals on the season after netting three in Shorter's win over SCAD-Savannah and Mia Wiggins has chipped in with four goals and two assists. Wiggins has also scooped up a team high 17 ground balls.
Defensively, Shorter's Shelby Beverly has been solid in the early going, pacing Shorter with nine caused turnovers while picking up 15 ground balls. Bethany Fevella (eight caused turnovers, 11 ground balls) has been a defensive stopper for the Lady Hawks while Taylor Moody has recorded 48 saves on the year, including a career high 12 in Shorter's upset of SCAD.