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Hite Scores in OT to Slant Win Towards MC Lax

Holly Hite

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Holly Hite's free position goal in the final seconds of overtime secured a sudden victory for Meredith College lacrosse over the visiting Lynchburg Hornets. She contributed from one end of the field to the other with four goals, six draw controls, seven ground balls, and five caused turnovers.

As the rain poured, Lynchburg opened the match with a 2-1 advantage through the first 4:05. But Meredith quickly turned the tide scoring the next five goals to hold a 6-2 lead heading into halftime.

The Angels continued to attack scoring three of the first four goals of the second stanza to extend their lead to six and appeared to have control of the match.

But the Hornets controlled the next three draws, scoring on each play. Sarah Arbes picked up the next draw for Meredith, and rookie Hanna Anderson found the net on a free position attempt to end the run.

The Hornets responded with one-of-four goals from Alicia Sandoval. Hite grabbed the next draw control, and frosh Lilia Cruz found Carlee Joseph on the drive to keep the Angels up by four with just under 15 to go.

Lynchburg picked up a yellow card during the next series but managed to score during the penalty. Two more Hornet goals left the visitors trailing by just one and a Meredith squad feeling the pressure.

Veteran Joseph stepped in to give her team a little cushion scoring on a foul inside. Lynchburg's Sarah Suter recorded the draw control, and Sydney Hardee ended the threat with a save in goal for the Angels. But Carly Sandler won the battle for the ground ball, and Dorrie MacGregor followed with a score.

Lynchburg controlled the next play, and the Avenging Angels defense held up against the pressure through the final seconds of the match. Hornet Kelsi Travisan sailed her free position attempt high, but Sandler scored in the last second off the pickup to send the match into overtime.

Hite controlled the draw control to open the extra period, but an errant Angels throw sent the ball back towards Hornet territory. Trevisan picked up a yellow card near the goal, and Cameron Ruffin cleared the field for the Avenging Angels. Hite earned the free position attempt in the final seconds and found the net for the win.

Joseph finished with three goals, and Anderson combined for two goals, one assist, adding a pair of caused turnovers. Jordan King tallied a pair of goals with three draw controls, and Julie Capretti and Maria Codispoti found the net once apiece. Ruffin and Natalie Purcell notched five caused turnovers each, and Arbes finished with six draw controls.

Lynchburg's Sandoval led the Hortnets with four goals, three assists, while MacGregor grabbed six ground balls with four draw controls and four caused turnovers.

Hardee recorded her fourth win on the season with eight saves, and Lauren Bodamer earned the loss in goal for the Hornets with six stops.

The Avenging Angels welcome nationally ranked Mary Washington to Raleigh Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest. Follow the live broadcast HERE.