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Men’s lacrosse holds off in-state rival

Maggie Pruitt
Sports Editor

The men’s lacrosse team overpowered the Mountain Lions of Young Harris this past weekend after a late-game surge of energy in the fourth quarter.

The visitors from Young Harris, Ga. came into the match with a 10-4 record and having one of the top lacrosse teams in the state. The Hawks did not back down from the challenge, and the team had every intention of sending the Mountain Lions home with a loss.

“Right when the game started there was trash talk. We all knew tensions were really high,” freshman midfielder Matt McHugh said.

Young Harris started the game strong, scoring four goals in the first quarter, but the Hawks answered back by closing the lead to 6-4 at halftime. Both teams rallied back and forth during the third quarter, but the Hawks found the back of the net three times in the final minute of the quarter.

Both teams took their offensive game to the next level in the fourth quarter: the Hawks captured six goals and the Mountain Lions netted five. The final minutes of the game were intense for the players and spectators watching from the sidelines, but the Hawks held onto the lead and won the match 13-11.

“We kept our heads high and just kept motivating each other to do well. We were nervous for the end because we knew Young Harris had the momentum,” McHugh said.

The Hawks outshot the Mountain Lions 40-35 with three players scoring multiple goals. Senior attack Matt Kristiansen seized four goals, while senior attacks Tyler Kristiansen and Zach Dirkse each had three goals.

Using their momentum from the past weekend, the Hawks looks to end their season with a record of 7-7. The team will face the University of Alabama Huntsville Saturday, April 20, 2016 for their senior day.