RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College lacrosse Angels lost a 12-11 heartbreaker to No. 11 Mary Washington Sunday afternoon. Holly Hite led MC Lax with five goals, five draw controls in the match.
Meredith opened the day with a quick score from Maria Codispoti, and rookie Lilia Cruz tied the match at 25:48 with another solo goal. But the Eagles hunkered down and netted six consecutive points to hold a six-point advantage with just under 13 left in the half.
The tenacious Angels worked around UMW's defensive strategy to shut down Carlee Joseph, and Hite stepped up. She scored back-to-back goals, and Codispoti and Cruz each found the box once more as the Avenging Angels trailed by just two at the break.
Meredith continued to attack in the second frame, and the Angels tied the game at 10 on Hite's third goal of the period. Joseph netted a free position shot in the 18th minute to edge MC Lax into lead over the nationally ranked Eagles.
Haley Whitfield, in goal for the Angels for the first time this season, earned a pair of stops during the next series to ward off pressure from the Eagles. But UMW's leading offensive threat Julia Albert scored a man-up goal at 9:35 to even the score again.
Sarah Arbes picked up the next draw control for the Avenging Angels, but a Hite attempt flew high. Codispoti interrupted UMW's clear attempt to give the ball back to MC Lax, but Meredith failed to convert. Albert scored her fifth goal of the match on the next offensive series to edge the Eagles back in front with 5:16 remaining in regulation.
Whitfield deflected a shot from Holly Hudson and grabbed the ground ball for the Angels with just over two minutes left on the clock. Head Coach Lauren Scott called for a timeout after the clear to set up the Angels for a chance to tie. Unfortunately, UMW's defense forced a turnover, and the Angels ran out of time to respond.
Cruz notched a career-high three goals with one assist and three ground balls, and Codispoti found the net twice with one assist. Julie Capretti found Hite once in the crease, and Sarah Arbes tallied three draw controls with a pair of caused turnovers. Whitfield notched 10 save, six ground balls in goal for the Avenging Angels in her first loss on the year.
Albert finished with five goals and a pair of assists for the Eagles, and Allie Davis notched seven draw controls. UMW goalie Shannon Brewer earned her fifth consecutive victory with five stops, two ground balls.
Meredith travels to 15th-ranked Catholic University in D.C. to face off with the Cardinals Thursday, March 8, and caps off spring break at Christopher Newport Saturday afternoon. Follow live action for both matches HERE.