Adams State Drops Denver Meeting to Converse

DENVER, Colo. - Adams State unleashed the best offensive game in the program's young history with nine goals, including four from freshman Amanda Hisel (Conifer, Colo.), but ASC was left to continue searching for its first-ever win after dropping a non-conference match-up with Converse (S.C.) College, 26-9, on the campus of Regis Jesuit High School on Monday.

The Grizzlies dropped to 0-5 this season with the loss while the Valkyries improved to 2-9.

Hisel, whose four goals in the game are a new ASC record, tallied each of her strikes in the first half. The first three of her goals were came on free position shots as she successfully converted on 3 of 4 such attempts in the game.

After Lacey Bevilacqua put Convrse up early with a goal just 23 seconds after the opening whistle, the Valkyries stormed out to a 4-0 lead with less than five minutes having ticked off the clock.

But with 23:54 left in the first, Hisel put the Grizzlies on the board, and freshman Robyn Bushman (Auroa, Colo.) found the back of the net next to cut the Converse lead to 4-2. The Valkyries Avery Armstrong, who was good for three goals on Monday, would trade goals again before the clock ticked below 20 minutes.

However, the Valkyries would embark on a 7-0 run over the next eight minutes to shoot out to a 12-3 lead.

Redshirt freshman Cydney Allbee (Orem, Utah) and sophomore Mackenzie Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) would each find the net for the Grizzlies before the half to go along with Hisel's final two goals before the break, and at intermission the Valkyries held a 15-7 advantage.

Converse kept the pressure in the second half, maintaining a hefty margin in shot differential, 49-15 over ASC, and added 11 goals over the final 30 minutes.

Bushman's second strike of the day with 25:00 to play brought the Grizzlies back within eight (16-8), but a 8-0 run by the Valkyries all but sealed the deal. The Grizzlies found the board one last time as Campbell tallied her second goal of the game with 9:39 to play.

Bevilacqua's five goals led the Converse attack which saw nine players find the net at least twice. The Valkyries were awarded 14 free position shots and converted on nine of them.

Redshirt freshman Desi Rae Aguirre (Walsenburg, Colo.) made 13 saves in 47:52 of action while allowing 23 goals before giving way to freshman Kristen Bates (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).

Adams State won the battle of the groundballs, 9-7, led by a trio of pick-ups from Allbee.

The Grizzlies will return to Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) action on Saturday, April 2, hosting the Regis Rangers at ASC Lacrosse & Soccer Field at 3:00 p.m. The Rangers sit atop the WILA at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in league action. Before heading to Alamosa, Regis will face off with Converse in Denver on Tuesday afternoon.


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