Valkyries Defense Limits Chances In Loss To Coker

Valkyries Defense Limits Chances In Loss To Coker

SPARTANBURG, S.C.- The Converse Lacrosse team provided enough defense to keep the Valkyries in the contest but would come up short as the visiting Coker Cobras took the victory 15-7.

THE BASICS

FINAL | Converse 7, Coker 15

LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C. (Fulp Field)

RECORDS | Converse 5-11, Coker 12-4

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Laura Starkes netted her 11th hat-trick of the season with three goals in the loss.  Aubrie Lauderdale, Brittni Jones, Elizabeth Gabriele and Kaitlin Milde recorded one goal each.

Elizabeth Gabriele tallied an assist.  Ashlei Alston paced the defense with six ground balls.

The defense turnoved over Coker 22 times and picked up 25 ground balls.

Myka Jones took the loss in cage facing 23 shots and recording eight saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

1st Half:

Coker jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 38 seconds into the contest.  Converse responded with a Laura Starkes unassisted goal.

Coker tacked on back-to-back goals before Elizabeth Gabriele found Laura Starkes for her second goal to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 19 minutes to play in the half.

Brittni Jones scored the final goal of the half for the Valkyries on a free position goal.

Coker extended their lead heading into the break as the Cobras led 7-3.

2nd Half:

Laura Starkes found the back of the net early in the second half to record her hat-trick.

Coker posted four goals to push out to an 11-4 advantage just six minutes into the half.

Elizabeth Gabriele and Kaitlin Milde cut into the deficit midway through the half to trail 11-6.

Three straight goals by the Cobras provided enough cushion to keep the Valkyries at-bay, 14-6.

Aubrie Lauderdale scored the final goal for Converse with 31.9 seconds to go.

UP NEXT

Converse will host Lees-McRae on Saturday, April 22 with playoff implications on the line.  Opening draw is at 1pm.  Converse will honor: Laura Starkes, Jessie Walters, Kasey Halodik, and Elizabeth Gabriele before the contest.