Offensive Outburst Leads Valkyries to Win Over Ave Maria

Offensive Outburst Leads Valkyries to Win Over Ave Maria

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Senior midfielder Brittni Jones tallied five goals to help the Converse (2-5) lacrosse team snap a five game losing streak on Monday afternoon against Ave Maria (1-2) at Fulp Field.

Sharlize Burgos chipped in four scores and an assist while Flore Samsi found the back of the net twice to go along with her seven draw controls and four groundballs. Cassandra Bravo recorded a career-high five caused turnovers.

Alexis Smich put Ave Maria on the board first with a goal at the 27:04 mark of the opening period, but Burgos connected on her first score of the contest less than two minutes later to even the score at 1-1. Samsi gave the Vals their first lead with a free position goal just 43 ticks later. However, AMU's Georgia Miller beat the keeper at the 17:23 mark to once again knot he contest.

Aubrie Lauderdale posted her only score of the contest with 16:35 remaining in the first half, sparking a crucial 4-1 run for the Valkyries over the next five-plus minutes of game time. The Gyrenes scored two quick goals, making the count 6-5, but Burgos and Jones went back-to-back to balloon the lead back to three goals (8-5). Ave Maria accounted for the final two goals of the initial period and went to the locker room trailing 8-7.

The two teams exchanged the first four goals of the second half before Katherine Goldfuss gave CC a two goal lead (11-9) after she collected a pass from Tyra Murray and found the back of the cage for her only score. Converse scored two of the next three goals to control the match 13-10 with just over 11 minutes to play in regulation. AMU made things interesting late in the contest, scoring two goals to trim the deficit to a single goal (13-12), but Jones' free position score with three seconds left gave Converse the 14-12 victory.

Caitlyn Johnson improved to 2-5 on the season as she went the distance in goal, allowing 12 scores and collecting four saves. Andie Wagner took the loss after giving up 14 goals on 19 shots faced.

The Valkyries will return to action on Wednesday, March 7 as they welcome Belmont Abbey to the friendly confines of Fulp Field for a Conference Carolinas showdown. That match is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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