BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.- Behind the defense posting a program-low one goal, the Converse Lacrosse team dominated Montreat 20-1 on the road in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon.
FINAL | Converse 20, Montreat 1
LOCATION | Black Mountain, N.C.
RECORDS | Converse 1-3, Montreat 0-2
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Four Valkyries posted hat-tricks in the win. Laura Starkes scored a career-high seven goals with six goals coming in the second half. Starkes' seven goals is tied for second most in program history in a single game.
Elizabeth Gabriele scored four goals with a hat-trick in the first half. Gabriele added two assists. Aubrie Lauderdale and Kasey Halodik recorded a hat-trick apiece. Halodik tallied two assists, while Lauderdale recorded a career-high 10 groundballs.
Converse posted a season-high 53 groundballs after forcing Montreat to turn the ball over 25 times. Converse was 21-24 on clear attempts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Converse jumped on the scoreboard early with Elizabeth Gabriele scoring just 1:14 into the contest off the assist from Kasey Halodik. Gabriele returned the favor assisting on Aubrie Lauderdale's goal less than a minute later.
Elizabeth Gabriele notched her first half hat-trick scoring back-to-back goal on a free position shot and an unassisted goal. Laura Starkes scored on a free position shot 38 seconds later to give the Valkyries a 7-0 advantage midway through the half.
Kaitlin Milde scored an unassisted goal with nine seconds remaining in the half to give Converse a 9-0 lead heading into the break.
Kasey Halodik made the contest a running clock just 1:12 into the second half on an unassisted goal to give Converse a comfortable 10-0 lead.
Laura Starkes posted back-to-back goals on an unassisted goal and a man-up free position goal to extend the lead to 12-0.
Montreat would score in the contest to break up the shutout.
The Cavaliers defense had to play a man-down for the final 18 minutes of the half allowing Converse to notch six man-advantage goals.
Converse returns home to face Tampa in a non-conference tilt on Sunday, February 26. Opening draw is at 12pm.