Tigerville, S. C. - The North Greenville Crusaders came up short for their first ever win in program history. The Crusaders lost to Shorter University Hawks 18-8.
Shorter University came out firing in the first period out shooting North Greenville 14-4. The Crusaders were able to defend the shots in the period having 4 saves and the other 6 shots going wide, while the Hawks were only able to score 4 goals in the period. The Crusaders were able to score 2 goals on their very low amount of 4 shots in the period. North Greenville was able to outduel Shorter in the groundballs for this period 10-9.
The uneven advantage of shots continued into the second period as the Hawks outshot the Crusaders 10-2 in this period. The Crusaders were shutout in this period being out scored 3-0. The Crusaders were able to take advantage of all clears during this period going 6-6, while the Hawks completed the period 7-8. Shorter was able to take advantage of the North Greenville's turnovers this period 3-9. The Hawks would lead going into the half 7-2.
The Hawks would come out of the locker room not cooling off out shooting the Crusaders 11-6. North Greenville would have a problem staying out of the penalty box this period committing 2 penalties compared to Shorter's lone penalty. The Crusaders would make this period much closer than the others, but still coming up short to Shorter 5-3.
In the fourth and final period of the first ever men's lacrosse game on the campus of North Greenville the Crusaders would score the most of any period with 4 goals, but would still be out scored by the Hawks of Shorter University 6-4. This would conclude the game giving Shorter the victory at 18-8. The leading goal scorer for the Crusaders was freshman Dieter Truesdell with four goals, while the freshman goalie Will Thorton collected 15 saves.
Your Crusaders next game will be on the road at Brevard College. This game is scheduled for February 18 at 2 P.M. in Brevard, North Carolina.