SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Converse Lacrosse team dropped a dramatic overtime contest to rival Columbia in the Valkyries' season opener on a rainy Tuesday evening, 13-12.
FINAL | Converse 12, Columbia 13
RECORDS | Converse 0-1, Columbia 1-0
LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C. (Fulp Field)
INSIDE THE LINES
Laura Starkes led the Valkyries with a career-high six goals. Starkes joins the ranks of few that have produced six or more goals. Starkes produced the third most goals in a single contest.
Jessi Walters suffers the loss in cage stopping six shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Converse jumped out ahead early in the contest with Elizabeth Gabriele recording the first goal of the season just 1:28 into the contest for the Valkyries early 1-0 lead.
Columbia bounced back with two goals of their own before back-to-back goals by Laura Starkes handed the lead back to the Valkyries.
Laura Starkes netted a first half hat-trick with an unassisted goal with 3:30 remaining in the half to lead 6-4.
Converse led 6-5 heading into the second half.
Columbia countered with six straight goals to take the lead away from Converse midway through the half up 11-7.
Ashlei Alston stopped the Koala run with an unassisted goal with 12:02. Columbia would score their final goal of regulation with 10:20 to play, leading 12-8.
Aubrie Lauderdale scored on a free position shot with under nine minutes to spark a Converse rally. Laura Starkes would even the score up with another hat-trick in the second half over the span of 2:04.
Columbia would get the ball back with 14.4 seconds remaining in regulation. The Koalas reached the 8m arc for a free position attempt, but Jessi Walters knocked the potential game-winner out of harms way.
Columbia would find the back of the net midway through the first overtime for the golden goal and take the contest 13-12.
The Valkyries will travel to Young Harris for a non-conference bout on Saturday, February 11. Opening draw is at 2pm.