Shorter (5-2), ranked No. 2 in the second edition of the NWLL Coaches’ Poll released today, dismantled the previously unbeaten and No. 4-ranked Knights (6-1), who had already posted signature wins over perennial NWLL powers Tennessee Wesleyan and Aquinas this season.
The Lady Hawks scored the game’s first three goals. Then eight of the first nine. By the time the opening 30 minutes was over, Shorter had built a 14-3 halftime lead behind seven goals from Armstrong and a 27-7 advantage in shots.
Shorter slowed the pace in the second half and took just 11 shots, but still kept St. Andrews at a distance with smothering defense. The Knights managed only 11 shots in the second half and were never able to mount a rally as the Lady Hawks didn’t let St. Andrews closer than nine.
The Lady Hawks also forced 27 turnovers and won 20 of 30 draw controls.
Rachel Skinner scored twice and dished out an assist, Aiste Pranciliauskaite had a goal and two assists and Amber Hicks chipped in with a goal for the Lady Hawks. Taylor Moody made five saves in goal.
Shana Schroeder paced St. Andrews with five goals. She scored all three St. Andrews goals in the first half to try and give her team some measure of momentum.
But Shorter scored early and often, putting five players in the scorebook in the first half while unleashing the balanced attack that has helped the team to wins in five of its first seven games.
In other action Monday:
MEN’S LACROSSE: Kenyon 10, Berry 6
Trailing by a single goal after one quarter, Berry’s men’s lacrosse team ended up losing to Kenyon, 10-6, on Monday afternoon at Ford Field.
Berry’s loss dropped its record to 3-3 overall. Kenyon moved to 2-4.
Cory Hall and Michael Harper each scored two goals apiece for Berry. Hall and Kyle Lombardi also picked up two assists each. Trey Trudell paced Kenyon with three goals, and Will Lowe had three assists.
Jordan Boreman took the loss in goal for Berry and made 11 saves. Patrick Shevelson earned the win for Kenyon and stopped nine shots.
After allowing a Trudell goal less than a minute into the game, Berry scored three times to go to the sidelines with the score 4-3 after a quarter.