MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- The Meredith lacrosse team capped off a three-match road series during the college's spring break with a 20-7 victory over the Berry Vikings. Led by the offensive dominance of Carlee Joseph and Holly Hite, the Avenging Angels extend their winning streak to five heading into the USA South schedule.
Hite's precision with assists from Julie Capretti and Molly Miller gave the Angels a quick 2-0 advantage through the first 1:48 of the match. Miller would distribute one more assist to both Joseph and Hite to extend that lead to four before the Vikings found the net.
The next four Meredith goals came in pairs with Capretti notching the first two, and Hite following to give MC Lax an 8-2 lead into the 12th minute of play. The team scored two more before a series of missteps opened the door once more for Berry.
With a 13-3 advantage at the half, Hite controlled the opening draw. A stop from Berry's keeper Ella Makin set the Vikings in motion, but Jordyn King responded with a stop to give control back to the Angels.
Halvorson netted a free position attempt, and the Vikings responded with a quick score at the other end. Joseph tallied the next three Meredith goals for a 17-6 Angels lead with 8:12 remaining in regulation.
Sydney Hardee recorded her first career start and win and recorded three stops in her 60 minutes of action. Makin recorded the loss for Berry with four saves.
Joseph led the Angels with six goals in 10 shots, adding a pair of assists. Hite notched five scores with eight draw controls, and Halvorson tallied three goals with two assists. Capretti scored on each of her three attempts, adding two assists, and Ruffin led with three caused turnovers on the defensive end. Sarah Arbes posted five draw controls to tie her second-best effort on the season.
The Angels open the conference campaign Wednesday, March 15, at rival Methodist University, and return home two days later for a non-conference battle with Scranton.