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Field Hockey Can't Hold Early Lead; Falls 4-1 to Bellarmine

Field Hockey Can't Hold Early Lead; Falls 4-1 to Bellarmine

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Junior defender Daija Krygier posted her first goal of the season but it was not enough as the Converse (0-5) field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to the visiting Knights of Bellarmine University (3-2) on Friday evening at Vikings Field.

Score: Converse 1, Bellarmine 4
Records: Converse (0-5), Bellarmine (3-2)
Location: Vikings Field, Old Spartan High, Spartanburg, S.C.


  • Daija Krygier posted her first goal of the season.
  • Bo Linders tallied an assist for the Valkyries.
  • Ciriaca Petitto played all 60 minutes in goal, collecting five saves.
  • Bellarmine held a 13-2 advantage on shots and 11-1 on penalty corners.
  • Merit Harris led the Knights with two goals and an assist.


First Half

Converse wasted absolutely no time jumping ahead. Following a penalty corner, Daija Krygier took a beautiful pass from Bo Linders and placed it in the back of the cage for the 1-0 lead two minutes into the contest. 

However, Bellarmine scored the equalizer just three minutes later after a penalty corner of its own. The Knights were able to add a couple more shots over the remaining part of the first half, but Ciriaca Petitto was strong in goal, keeping the contest knotted at 1-1 heading into the halftime intermission.

Second Half

Both defenses were on their toes throughout the third period of play. However, Bellarmine's Merit Harris connected on a pair of goals in a matter of seconds late in the quarter to send the Knights to the final period of play with a 3-1 lead. 

Converse was able to fire off a few shots in the final period, but unable to find the back of the box again. Bellarmine added an additional goal midway through, taking the contest by the final of 4-1.


Converse will return to the field on Wednesday, September 25, playing host to the Saints of Limestone College. That contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.