Saturday, March 27: Colorado School of Mines dug a grave for the FLC Skyhawks by burying 6 goals to the Hawks zero goals in the first half. The third quarter was more of the same as Mines piled on the rubbish with 3 more goals. FLC showed some spunk in the fourth quarter as Kevin Harkey tallied FLC’s loan goal from a sharp feed by Ross Woods. Final score Mines 11 Fort Lewis 1. Aside from goals, statistically the game was relatively even with both teams winning about the same number of ground balls and clears. However Mines won 10 faceoffs to FLC 6, and outshot FLC 31 to 22.
Sunday, March 28: There are times in a season when a team has to win, and Sunday was a must-win situation for FLC. With enough talent on the team to be competitive in the midfield, to dominate on defense, and to put the ball in the net on offense, the Hawks needed to put together an entire game. After installing a new defensive pattern in the fourth quarter against Mines, moving some players to different position, and a spirited pre-game meeting, the Hawks were mentally ready to shine. The first quarter was close as Kevin Harkey peppered the net with 2 great goals to Regis’ 1. As the Hawks gained more confidence, and the team chemistry finally started to meld, FLC put in 4 goals with 2 by Kevin Harkey, 2 by freshman Ellsworth McComack, and assists by Aaron Blue and Harkey. On one goal, Harkey ignited the team and numerous FLC fans with a quick sweep across the crease and a behind the back shot that binged the lower corner.
With a 6-4 half-time lead, FLC was a little flat in the third quarter trading goals with Regis.
The Hawks ramped it up in the fourth quarter with a bevy of shots, but only 2 goals. Regis matched the Fort with 2 goals.
Playing his first game of the season, Elsworth showed great scoring instincts and a slippery dodging style scoring a team high 5 goals. Josh deGuzman was outstanding at the faceoff X winning 14 of his 19 faceoffs. The defense was tough in their new formation, and the midfield was tenancious on ground balls. Jon Bock was honored by the team for his intensity and leadership.
Next weekend the Fort travels to Gunnison for games against Metro and its first divisional game against Western.