HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Meredith College lacrosse team closed out spring break in Hilton Head Thursday with a 15-13 win over the Kean University Cougars. The Avenging Angels ended a 7-1 run by the New Jersey squad late in the match to claim the non-conference win.
The teams exchanged goals during the first 20 minutes of play leaving the score tied at three with 10:30 remaining in the half.
Kean netted an eight-meter shot to take the lead before Meredith's Molly Miller scored three of the Angels' next four goals to slip ahead 7-4 with 12 seconds left on the clock.
The Avenging Angel defense settled too soon and allowed Kean's Jordan Blanda to reach the net in the final seconds of the period.
After the intermission Meredith's Raven Winters teamed up with Danielle Lee for a score at 28:00, and Victoria Doyle paired with Katie Burnet 45 seconds later to extend the Avenging Angel advantage to four.
The Cougars found the net once again on an unassisted play to pull to within three at 9-6 with 26:13 remaining in regulation.
Burnet and Rivers went on a five-point scoring spree during the next 10 minutes to extend Meredith's lead to eight at 14:43.
The Avenging Angels needed the cushion as Kean controlled the offense through the next 13:32 scoring seven-of-eight goals to pull to within two with 1:11 left on the clock.
Meredith finally secured the next draw control and held the ball to end the period with a win.
Burnet, Miller, and Winters posted a game-high four goals apiece for Meredith, and Lee tallied four assists. Winters caused six turnovers and Burnet controlled four draws in the win.
Kean's Julie Knodt led the Cougars with three goals, and Blanda led all with seven draw controls, adding two points in the loss.
The Avenging Angels host USA South leader Piedmont College Saturday afternoon. Meredith lost to the Lions in round one of the 2013 conference tournament last spring. A Sunday afternoon pairing with Agnes Scott caps off the conference doubleheader, and both matches are slated for a Noon start at Meredith's turf field.