RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College lacrosse Angels made quick work of the Salem Spirits in Wednesday's USA South action with a 22-0 shutout. The teams were originally scheduled to face off in Winston-Salem Monday afternoon but were forced to change venues due to soggy field conditions.
The Avenging Angels set the clock in constant motion five minutes into the match, scoring 10 quick goals. Several strategic position changes by Head Coach Lauren Scott late in the first half allowed more players time with the ball, as Meredith advanced their lead to 18 heading into the intermission. Selfless play from MC Lax throughout the match, and even more so during the second period, added just four more points to the total before the final buzzer with 12 Angels scoring at least one goal.
Holly Hite collected 10 draw controls to go along with three goals, three assists, and Lilia Cruz led the night with eight points, scoring three and contributing to five more. Rookie Olivia Blake scored four goals, and Julie Capretti tallied two goals, a pair of assists, and two draw controls. Sarah Arbes caused three turnovers, collected four ground balls, and recorded a trio of draw controls in the win.
Goalie Joy Detrich recorded the win playing the first 30 minutes in goal for the Angels. Haley Whitfield finished out the match, allowing Detrich to transition to a field player. Salem's Hannah Ostlund recorded her third loss for the Spirits with four stops from the box.
Meredith opens a two-day, four-match weekend Saturday at Noon versus LaGrange and closes out the day with N.C. Wesleyan. A third USA South Conference match versus Huntingdon convenes Sunday at 11 a.m. with a battle versus the nationally ranked Catholic Cardinals.