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Meredith Athletics to Honor Championship Lacrosse Team

2018 championship lacrosse team huddles for a pose after falling to #2 Salisbury in NCAA tournament second-round action

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College athletics program will recognize the 2018 USA South Regular Season and Tournament Championship women's lacrosse team during halftime of the Sunday, Feb. 3, women's home basketball game. Last year marked the lacrosse program's fifth conference tournament title and NCAA appearance. Carlee Joseph will also receive the USA South Don Scalf Female Student-Athlete of the Year award she earned last June.

USA South Commissioner Tom Hart will be on campus to present Joseph with the Scalf award, and Athletic Director Jackie Myers will honor the team.

MC Lax recorded their third consecutive undefeated USA South season in 2018 and finished off both tournament rounds with a combined score of 45-9 to take down Greensboro and Piedmont. The Avenging Angels captured the program's first-ever NCAA tournament victory with a 20-9 win over Merchant Marine and put up a strong fight versus the Salisbury Sea Gulls, ranked second nationally at the time.

The Angels finished the season ranked in the top-three nationally in scoring offense, scoring margin, points per game, and draw controls, while capping off the season in the top-five for shots and shots on goal per game. Meredith also set the new USA South standard in most every statistical category.

Joseph is the only USA South women's lacrosse player to earn three Player of the Year honors in addition to her Rookie of the Year awarded in 2015. She closed our her collegiate career last May leading the league all-time with 288 goals scored and 378 total points. Joseph is a three-time IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region first team selection, four-time All-Conference selection, and four-time All-Tournament honoree, including recognition as the Most Valuable Player in 2016. 

In addition to her success on the field, Joseph stands out academically with a 3.886 cumulative grade point average and numerous accommodations for her efforts. She is a Meredith Pascal Scholar, an Impact Raleigh Scholar, and Hazel Lee Gaddis Engineering Scholar. She was also awarded the SMART scholarship, each of which recognize Joseph's pursuits in a STEM field.

Joseph was selected to two honor societies, earned the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection, was named to the Dean's List each of her eight semesters at Meredith, and earned USA South All-Academic honors four years. She was also named to the 2017 IWLCA Division III Academic Honor Roll and was a contributing member of three IWLCA DIII Academic Honor Squads.

Each year the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association honors the top student-athlete in the NCAA Division I, II, and III and the NAIA. Nominees for the award must be a senior or graduate student, have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and be a starter or significant reserve for their team. In July the IWLCA named Joseph the 2018 Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As part of Meredith's dual-degree engineering program, Joseph will graduate in May 2019 with two bachelor's degrees, one in mathematics from Meredith and a second in mechanical engineering from N.C. State University.

In addition to Joseph's accolades, Holly Hite earned the program's first All-American honor as a member of the IWLCA Division III third team. Of the 57 players named to a team, Hite was one of only four who did not play for a top-25 Division III lacrosse program, according to the final coaches poll released in late-May.

Hite earned her second career All-Chesapeake Region honor as a junior midfielder. A two-time All-Conference first team selection, Hite collected her second league All-Tournament Most Valuable Player award in April. She closed out the season as the USA South's all-time career leader with 346 draw controls, as well as leading the league with 117 draws in a single season for 2018.