Converse Rallies Past Lees-McRae for Victory

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Converse College outscored Lees-McRae College by a 10-4 margin in the second half en route to a 22-13 victory in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.

Converse (3-13, 1-5 CC) outshot the Bobcats (2-9, 0-6 CC) by a 58-23 margin, including a 32-7 advantage in the second half, while holding a 46-38 edge in ground balls. The Valkyries converted 20 of 21 clear attempts on the day, while Lees-McRae was successful on 19 of 26 clearing chances.

Emily Guenthner (Nampa, Idaho), Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) and Ellie Psillas (Hagerstown, Md.) each posted a hat trick for the Bobcats, while Olivia Gudewich (Frederick, Md.) tallied two goals. Lexi King (Woodstock, Ga.) and Amanda Harkness (Johnson City, N.Y.) each recorded a goal, while Guenthner, King, and Rooney all posted one assist. Taylor Moody (Woodstock, Ga.) kept the Bobcats in the game between the pipes, recording a season- and career-high 24 saves.

Lacey Bevilacqua paced the Valkyries with six goals, while Brooke Bondurant posted a hat trick. Brianna Hoffman, Alyssa Savitz, Page Fortuna, and Cassie Fara each tallied two goals, while Hoffman and Savitz posted three and two assists, respectively. Tabitha Chamblee picked up the win in goal, tallying six saves through the first 56 minutes of play.

The Bobcats opened the game with three straight goals by Rooney, Harkness, and King, before Converse answered with a pair of tallies to cut the margin to 3-2. Gudewich and Rooney scored two of the game's next three goals to push the lead to 5-3, before Converse countered with four straight goals to claim a 7-5 lead.

Psillas and Rooney answered with back-to-back goals for the Bobcats, evening the tally at 7-7 on Rooney's third tally of the game at the 6:50 mark of the first half. After Converse answered with two goals and the Bobcats countered with Gudewich's second, the Valkyries tallied three of the half's final four strikes to take a 12-9 lead into the intermission.

Converse carried the momentum into the second half, opening the period with four goals in the first 12 and a half minutes to push the margin to 16-10. After Psillas completed her hat trick at the 17:25 mark, Bevilacqua scored three of the next four goals to cap her day's scoring. Guenthner then tallied the Bobcats' final two goals in the last 10 minutes of play, including her third at the 2:19 mark.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Monday when the Bobcats host Erskine College in conference play at Tate Field. Play is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. following senior day festivities.

2011-04-09



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