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Lacrosse Downs Hawks 18-1, Falls 21-10 to #17 Catholic

Holly Hite on the draw control

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College Angels claimed an 18-1 USA South victory over Huntingdon Sunday before falling 21-10 to the nationally ranked Catholic Cardinal to close out a pair of weekend doubleheaders.

vs. Huntingdon
MC Lax opened the day with a morning match-up versus the Hawks and made quick work of the visitors. The Avenging Angels scored 10 goals in just over seven minutes and went on to finish the first period with a 16-point advantage. Meredith scored two more in the second frame and allowed the Hawks to net one, all with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Holly Hite led with four goals, six draw controls, and Julie Capretti tallied three goals in three shots with three assists. Maya Flake dished out four assists, while Lilia Cruz and Olivia Blake notched three points apiece. Lauren Oliver picked up six ground balls, caused one turnover, and assisted Madison Watkins on Meredith's final goal of the match.

Joy Deitrich and Haley Whitfield split time in goal for the Angels with a combined three saves, and Morgan Coppini recorded the loss with six stops for the Hawks.

vs. Catholic
The 17th-ranked Cards put on a show for fans in Raleigh Sunday afternoon. But the Avenging Angels held Catholic close through the first period. Capretti scored all four first-half goals to maintain a single-digit deficit. Capretti scored the first goal of the match with a free position shot, and Cruz found her in the crease twice past the midway point. Holly Hite assisted once more before the break.

Hite dominated the draw, controlling a game-high 11, and Sarah Arbes battled for five, causing three turnovers. Higgs and Henley Peatross helped move the ball in transition, and Cruz moved the ball across the baseline, assisting on three goals. 

Catholic advanced their lead to 11 before Meredith rebooted their offense to score four of the next five, including a pair of eight-meter goals by Hite and Olivia Higgs. Higgs and Hite pitched in two more points, but the Cards outlasted Meredith down the stretch.

Whitfield recorded the loss in goal for Meredith with 13 saves and a pair of ground balls. Deitrich closed out the match with three stops in eight minutes. Cardinals Nanci Hernandez and Rachel Searle split the match with a combined nine saves on the day.

With spring break in full swing, MC Lax will travel north to Salisbury, Maryland, to face off with the Sea Gulls Tuesday and close out the week in Florida for a neutral-site pairing with the Lynchburg Hornets.