Valkyries blank Bobcats

Box score

BOONE, N.C. --- The Converse College women's lacrosse team scored 11 goals in the first half en route to an 18-0 win over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon at Watauga High School.

Converse (1-0, 1-0 CC) outshot Lees-McRae (0-3, 0-3 CC) by a 43-4 margin, including a 22-3 advantage in the first half, while winning the ground ball battle by a spread of 40-26. The Valkyries converted 19-of-22 clear attempts, while controlling 11 draws.

Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with six draw controls and three ground balls, as Jessica Travers (Asheville, N.C.) posted a team-high seven ground balls on the day. Brittany Bradley (Poulan, Ga.) added four grounders, as Nicole Dupont (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Alexandra Smith (West Seneca, N.Y.) each tallied three ground balls. Travers played the full 60 minutes between the pipes, making 16 saves.

Jordy Taylor led the way for Converse with five goals and two assists, as Sam Green added four strikes and Katie Wright and Brianna Hoffman each tallied a hat trick. Aexandra Gurecki made four saves for the Valkyries, as Courtney Cambra posted a game-high seven ground balls.

Converse got off to a strong start, opening a 5-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the contest before pushing the margin to 11-0 heading into the intermission. The Valkyries would add several late goals in the second half to equal the final margin of 18-0.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Tuesday when the Bobcats host Florida Southern College at 5 p.m. on Tate Field.

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