SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Converse (1-5, 0-3 CC) lacrosse team fell to the visiting North Greenville Crusaders (4-2, 2-1 CC) on Saturday afternoon at Fulp Field. NGU took a 6-2 halftime lead and outscored the Vals 5-1 in the second half to run away with the 11-3 victory.
Brittni Jones tallied all three goals for the Valkyries while collecting three groundballs. Victoria Bailey led Converse with four groundballs. Sharlize Burgos anchored the defense with three caused turnovers.
North Greenville struck first after Hanna Hawkins connected on an unassisted goal at the 28:09 mark of the first half to give NGU the early 1-0 lead. Rachel Kellogg made it 2-0 with a score of her own with 20 minutes remaining in the opening half. Just over three minutes later, Brittni Jones cut the deficit in half as she took a pass from Sharlize Burgos and snuck it past the keeper to get the Valkyries on the board.
However, the Crusaders used a 4-0 scoring run over the next 15 minutes of game action to balloon the lead to 6-1. Jones was at it again, scoring her second goal of the contest at the 1:40 mark to send Converse into the locker room trailing 6-2 at the break.
Jones picked up her third goal of the game at the 25:42 mark of the second half to once again cut the margin in half (6-3), but Kellogg put NGU back up by four goals with a score of the unassisted variety. That score held until 11:26 of the second half when NGU's Taylor Kennington made the count 8-3 in favor of the guests.
The Crusaders pushed the lead out to 11-3 with a trio of goals within two minutes of each other late in the second half. Converse could not muster any more offense after that point and dropped its fifth straight contest with the final score of 11-3.
Caitlyn Johnson allowed 11 goals while gathering six saves as she played all 60 minutes in net. Kellogg led the Crusaders with five goals while Hawkins added two scores of her own. Sydney Taylor earned the win after going the distance between the pipes, allowing three goals and collecting five saves.
The Valkyries will return to action on Monday, March 5 as they play host to Ave Maria. First draw control is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Fulp Field.