WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In Thursday's non-conference lacrosse action versus The Catholic University of America, ranked 11th in the most recent national Division III poll, Meredith College fell just short in a 13-10 battle. Holly Hite led the Avenging Angels with three goals and eight draw controls.
The Cardinals led the match 7-4 at the intermission, but MC Lax matched the hosts point-for-point through the final 30 minutes of play. Haley Whitfield tallied eight saves as the starting keeper, and Sydney Hardee entered early in the second period for four stops in 27 minutes in goal for Meredith.
Catholic managed the match through the first 15 minutes scoring five of six points. But Carlee Joseph forced a Cardinal turnover on the next play, and Cameron Ruffin collected the loose ball. Julie Capretti's first attempt at the net was deflected by CU goalie Nanci Hernandez. But Capretti recovered the stop and found the net for Meredith's second point.
The Cards controlled the next draw, but Whitfield ended the attack with a save to send the Angels back down field. Capretti's next attempt was stopped, but she found Jordyn King for the score.
A series of forced turnovers from both teams, along with a combined three goalie saves held the match at 5-3 until Catholic's Holly Reagan found the net at 7:48.
Meredith managed to defend the Cardinals against five attempts during the next three and one half minutes before a CU turnover gave MC Lax another opportunity to score. Hite found the net for the Avenging Angels in spite of Joseph being sidelined for a card.
One more quick goal from Catholic would end the scoring for the half.
The Cardinals scored first in the second period, but a Meredith timeout and goalie change settled the Angels. Hite collected the next draw, but another Angels miscue gave the ball back to CU. Rookie Lilia Cruz finally finished the play to match Catholic's second half goal. The teams exchanged points through the next 16 minutes leaving the Cardinals with a five point lead and 7:03 on the clock.
Head Coach Lauren Scott called for another timeout to plan for the remaining minutes. CU earned the draw, but King forced a turnover to give it back to Meredith. Back-to-back turnovers returned the ball to the Avenging Angels, but Hernandez stopped a free position attempt. Natalie Purcell caused a Catholic turnover, and a resulting foul set Hite up for a free position goal with just over three minutes remaining in regulation.
Capretti dished out another assist, this time to Cruz, for Meredith's 10th point with just 20 ticks left on the clock. Hite collected the final draw, but MC Lax simply ran out of time to respond.
Hernandez earned the win for Catholic with a dozen saves in goal.
The Avenging Angels travel south to Christopher Newport for a 4 p.m. draw Saturday in Newport News, Virginia. Follow the live action HERE.