RALEIGH, N.C. - The first-ever Meredith College varsity women's lacrosse season opened February 23 under the direction of Head Coach Lauren Scott, and the Avenging Angels are already turning heads across the region.
With three USA South Conference wins posted early in the season, Meredith battles for a spot among the top-six regular season finishers for a berth in the league tournament next month.
High School All-American Katie Burnet of nearby Apex, North Carolina, joined the program in January and immediately impacted the team's play. As of the March 19 NCAA publication, Burnet currently ranks fifth in the national Division III women's lacrosse statistics with 41 total points (goals + assists) and is the top rookie in the category.
Burnet and sophomore captain Lottie Meadows of Roanoke, Virginia, also post leading numbers in goals and assists. Burnet ranks 11th with 30 goals and Meadows is tied for 36th with 22 scores. Both standouts place 32nd nationally with 11 assists apiece.
In addition to this national recognition, both players rank among the offensive leaders within the USA South. The league first sponsored women's lacrosse in 2001 with just four member schools fielding a team. In 2006 the program expanded to seven teams, and since that time the tournament champion received the NCAA automatic qualifier.
Since the 19th, Meredith faced The Pride of Greensboro College Wednesday afternoon in a 12-7 loss and fell 14-9 to the visiting Sweet Briar Vixens Thursday evening. The Avenging Angels travel to nationally ranked Christopher Newport Sunday, March 24, followed by a trip to Fayetteville April 3 for a meeting with the Methodist Monarchs to wrap up the regular season. Intermixed with the conference pairings, Meredith hosts Huntingdon and Newberry Colleges.