FLC finished up its spring break road trip to California with wins over Cal State Long Beach and Biola.
After an emotionally uplifting win at Cal State Fullerton, the Hawks travelled to Cal State Long Beach. Long Beach came out fired up and out hustled the Hawks on ground balls and face-offs. Fortunately the FLC defense of Matt Cawley, Drew Larson, Jon Bock, Mike Kelly, and AJ Kortbawi were able to pressure Beach and neutralized their offense. Starter goalie Sean Claussen was out due to a fractured forearm suffered in the Fullerton game so Luke Blacketer tended the net. The Hawks offense could not connect, and the first quarter ended tied at zero.
The Hawks exploded for 4 quick goals in the second quarter to take control of the game. The scrappy Beachers continued to control the ground balls and were able to tally several goals to pull close to FLC.
The second half was similar to the first 30 minutes as the Hawks continued to struggle on ground balls, face-offs, and catching. Attackman Eric Johnson kept FLC ahead with a season high 5 goals and 2 assists. Kevin Harkey contributed 3 goals and 1 assist, as he switched to Attack to replace starter Matt Lindsley who suffered a torn hamstring in the NAU game.
After a hard fought game, FLC recorded its third win of the season with a final score of 12 to 10.
FLC then took on Biola University under the lights for its final road trip game. After trading goals in the first half of the first quarter, FLC was able to hit the net several more times to gain a slight lead going into the second quarter. After sloppy play against Long Beach, FLC looked sharp with crisp passes, tough defense, and a domination of the ground balls and face-offs. Biola had a solid group of skilled players, but could not match for the speed and depth of FLC.
The dynamic Attack duo of Andy Grenhart and Eric Johnson combined for a total of 7 goals and 2 assists. Goalie Luke Blacketer played a solid game making several key saves. Midfielder Bob Berding did an outstanding job on face-offs.
Final score FLC 10 – Biola 8.
FLC scrimmages CU this Friday, then travels to Utah to challenge U of N. Colorado and Utah Valley the following weekend.