Late rally not enough as Brevard falls to Converse, 12-7

Box Score

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s lacrosse could not escape an early five goal deficit, falling to Converse, 12-7, on Wednesday night at Hayden Abney Fulp Field in non-conference action.

Caitlyn Nemeth led the Tornados (0-3) with three goals as Alyssa Barrett and Nina Siu each had two tallies. Sade Allen, Barrett and Livia Harrienger all contributed with an assist while Shelby Arsenault turned away 12 shots.

Sydnie Hickey had three goals for the Valkyries (2-3) while Elizabeth Gabriele and Deena Kasmarik had two goals. Laura Starks and Chelsie Worrell each had a tally and assist. Three other Converse players scored. Alex Gurecki earned the win while playing the first half. She let in two goals and had a save while Sandra Ponce played the second half, allowing five goals with seven stops.

Converse built a 5-0 lead over the first 15:15 before Siu put the Tornados on the board with 11:48 left in the opening half. Gabriele scored two in a span of 49 seconds before Barrett scored with 2:54 left in the first half as the guests were down 7-2.

The Valkyries opened the second half with two goals in the first 1:59 before Nemeth scored with 25:55 left in the game. Dylanee Withee and Hickey answered right back for Converse over the next 2:06 to put the hosts up 11-3.

Barrett, Siu and Nemeth scored three goals over the next four minutes to bring Brevard within five with 18 minutes left. The Tornados, however, could not get another shot before the Valkyries scored again to go up 12-6 with 11:15 left.

The Tornados then had five shots over the next but could not find the back of the net until Nemeth scored her third goal of the contest with 4:08 remaining.

The Tornados had three more shots for the rest of the contest but were not able to complete the rally. Each team had 20 ground balls and 15 turnovers in the game. Converse outshot Brevard 24-23 but the guests had a 17-10 advantage in the second half.

Brevard was successful on eight-of-nine clear opportunities while the Valkyries were good on all eight of their attempts.

Brevard will host the Indians of Catawba College on Saturday. The game will be the second of a double header beginning at 4 p.m.

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