RALEIGH, N.C. -- For the second time in program history, Meredith College swept the top end-of-season honors for USA South women's lacrosse. Senior attack Carlee Joseph earned her third Player of the Year honor, Lilia Cruz garnered Rookie of the Year, and Lauren Scott was named the sport's Coach of the Year.
Eight Avenging Angels earned All-Conference honors, including first team selections to Joseph, Cruz, Julie Capretti, Holly Hite, Sarah Arbes, and Cameron Ruffin. Honorable mention recognition went to defender Natalie Purcell and goalie Haley Whitfield, with Henley Peatross named to the All-Sportsmanship team.
Joseph established a new career record for USA South women's lacrosse in the final match of the conference regular season with 262 goals, and she tied the current league record of 346 career total points. She also ranks first all-time at Meredith in shots attempted, shots on goal, man-down goals, game-winning goals, minutes played, and ties the college record for games started with Ruffin. Next to Molly Miller's, '17, 141 career assists, Joseph ranks second at Meredith with 84.
Cruz impacted Meredith lacrosse throughout the season as a starting attacker in each of the team's 15 games this spring. She ranks third in the league with 29 assists, adding 30 goals on the season and was named Rookie of the Week once. Cruz was a perfect 3-3 from the eight-meter line.
This marked Scott's third USA South coaching honor in her six years at Meredith. She led MC Lax to a 12-3 overall record thus far this spring with the program's third consecutive undefeated league record. Scott boasts a collegiate coaching record of 77-28 with the Avenging Angels, including a 38-6 conference record.
Meredith's third first team attacker Capretti ranks third on the team with 39 goals and 21 assists, and midfielder Hite ranks second in the conference with 113 draw controls, first for the Avenging Angels with 31 ground balls, and second with 47 goals. Arbes and Ruffin led a defense that held opponents to a goals against average of just 5.48 overall and 2.69 versus conference opponents. In Ruffin's Senior Day match, she set a new all-time Meredith lacrosse record with 98 caused turnovers. Arbes tallied 14 on the season with 58 draw controls.
Purcell earned her first All-Conference honor causing 11 caused turnovers with 17 ground balls and a pair of draw controls. She scored her only two goals of the season in the shutout over Salem, and tallied two assists on the year. Whitfield returned to the field March 4 for the one-point loss to nationally ranked Mary Washington after recovering from a preseason injury. She tallied a 3-3 record in goal for the Avenging Angels in her 10 games played with 31 saves. Peatross played in 12 games this spring with two starts, contributing six goals, three assists, 12 ground balls, and 10 draws.
As the USA South Tournament's top-seed, Meredith received a bye in round one and will face off with fourth-seed Greensboro Friday, April 13, in the first semifinal match. The second-seed Piedmont Lions pair off with third-seed Methodist in Friday's second match. The final two rounds will be held at Callaway Stadium in LaGrange, Georgia, as part of the Conference Spring Festival.