DEMOREST, Ga. - The Piedmont Lions (12-3) advanced to the USA South women's lacrosse semifinals with a 16-7 win over the Meredith Avenging Angels (5-10) in Sunday's first round tournament action.
Piedmont's Alex Narducci, today's leading scorer, netted the opening score on a free position attempt at 27:43.
MC's Lottie Meadows controlled the next draw, resulting in an eventual goal to tie the game at 1-1.
The hosts picked up a pair of quick goals during the next three minutes to regain the lead.
Rookie Katie Burnet controlled her first draw control in the series and Danielle Lee's attempt at the net was deflected. McKenzie Smith picked up the ground ball and Meadows scored on the play to pull Meredith back to within one.
The Lion offense extended their lead to six during the next three minutes of play before Burnet finally reached the net for the Avenging Angels to snap the 4-0 run.
Piedmont picked up two more points before heading into the break with a six-goal advantage at 9-3.
The Lions came out with a vengeance after the break and extended their lead to double-digits in the first 15 minutes of second half action.
With just ten minutes remaining in regulation, Eliza Evans forced a PC turnover and teamed up with Meadows to launch a 3-0 run for Meredith. Lee collected the draw control and drew a foul for a free position goal. Evans capped off the run on a solo score with just one minute left to play.
The Lions drove quickly to the net twice more before Meadows closed out the game on a free position goal.
Meadows led the Avenging Angels with four goals in five attempts, adding a pair of draw controls. Burnet and Lee controlled four draws apiece and netted one goal each in the loss, while Evans posted the only Meredith assist and recorded a team-high four ground balls.
Piedmont's Narducci led all with eight points on six goals and two assists. Teammate Maggie McDonald tallied six draw controls and five ground balls for the Lions.