SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Behind a career night from Brittni Jones, the Converse Lacrosse team opened up Conference Carolinas play with a win over Erskine, 14-9 in a weather shortened contest on Wednesday evening.
Converse led 14-9 with 5:58 remaining in regulation when the contest was called due to inclement weather rolling through the area.
FINAL | Converse 14, Erskine 9
LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C. (Fulp Field)
RECORDS | Converse 2-4 (1-0), Erskine 1-3 (0-2)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Brittni Jones scored a career-high six goals for her second hat-trick of the season. Elizabeth Gabriele netted a hat-trick with four goals, with three coming in the first half. Laura Starkes continued to add to her nation-leading goals with another hat-trick bringing her total to 27 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Brittni Jones scored an unassisted goal to take the lead 2-1. Erskine would regain the lead at 4-2 before Converse ended the half on a 5-0 run. The Fleet would never regain the lead.
Back-to-back free position goals by Laura Starkes netted her a first-half hat-trick and knotted the score up at 4-all.
Brittni Jones would be on the receiving end of a Laura Starkes pass with 4:58 remaining in the half to take the lead for good at 5-4. Jones returned the favor with an assist to Elizabeth Gabriele just 13 seconds later. Jones would net her first-half hat-trick off the dish from Jessi Walters to give the Valkyries a 7-4 advantage heading into the break.
Erskine would chip away at the Valkyries' lead with two goals coming out of the break to trim the deficit to 7-6.
Erskine cut the deficit to 11-9 with 11:44 to play in regulation, but Converse would score three more goals to take the win. Elizabeth Gabriele scored back-to-back goals off assists from Laura Starkes and Aubrie Lauderdale. Brittni Jones scored the final goal for Converse.
The contest would come to a hault with 5:58 remaining in regulation as thunder storms rolled into the Upstate.
Converse takes a step out of league play to face Nyack on Tuesday, March 7. Opening draw is at 6pm.