SPARTANBURG, S.C. - In a battle of the nation's leading goal scorers, the Converse Lacrosse team came up short against Emmanuel 20-17 in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.
FINAL | Converse 17, Emmanuel 20
LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C. (Fulp Field)
RECORDS | Converse 3-6 (1-2), Emmanuel 6-3 (3-2)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
Elizabeth Gabriele notched her fourth hat-trick of the season while scoring a career-high six goals. Gabriele added two assists.
The nation's leading goal scorer coming into the contest, Laura Starkes, scored her eighth hat-trick of the season with four goals on the afternoon. Starkes brought her total to 40 goals on the season.
Myka Jones fell to 2-2 on the season in cage with a career-high 17 saves.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emmanuel responded less than 15 seconds later to knot things at 1-all.
Coming out of the timeout, Emmanuel went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead at 6-4.
Three straight Converse goals knotted the contest at 8-all with 8:46 remaining in the half. Alshei Alston tallied an unassisted goal to spark the run. Elizabeth Gabriele off the pass from Aubrie Lauderdale and Laura Starkes from Gabriele tied it at eight.
Converse surrendered a goal before rattling off four straight goals to lead 12-9. Victoria Bailey found a cutting Elizabeth Gabriele for the score. Brittni Jones and Laura Starkes scored unassisted followed by Kaitlin Milde scoring on a free position gave the Valkyries a 12-9 advantage with 3:28 to play in the half.
Emmanuel cut into the deficit before half scoring twice. Converse went into the locker room with a 12-11 lead.
Out of halftime, Emmanuel took the lead for good, 14-12, with three straight goals.
Converse would battle back to cut it to a one goal contest on three seperate occasions. Kasey Halodik netted a free position goal to cut it to 14-13.
Back-to-back Emmanuel goals pushed the advantage out to three, 18-15, with 22:49 to play.
Converse heads on the road to face North Greenville on Tuesday, March 21. Opening draw is at 6:30pm.