FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A late five-point run for the Meredith College lacrosse Angels fell short in a 16-12 loss to the host University of Mary Washington Eagles, who rank fourth nationally in the latest IWLCA Division III coaches poll. Lilia Cruz led the Avenging Angels with five goals, two caused turnovers, and a pair of draw controls.
The Eagles' Julia Albert scored two quick goals to open the match, and leading scorer Paige Haskins extended the lead to three in the first three minutes of the game. But the Avenging Angels found their groove and Cruz scored after Henley Peatross controlled the draw. Holly Hite found Julie Capretti next, as Meredith trailed by just one.
UMW added added two more quick points, forcing Head Meredith Coach Lauren Scott to call for a timeout. Mary Washington collected the next draw, but Ansley Harris forced an Eagle turnover. But the Angels were unable to complete the play at the other end of the field, and UMW pushed their lead to five with just under 18 minutes left in the half.
Capretti scored unassisted eight minutes later, but another four-point run by UMW during just a two minute segment left Meredith trailing by nine with just three minutes left until intermission. Sarah Arbes grabbed the draw, and Olivia Higgs found an opening at the net. But Hanna Ashby made the stop in the box for UMW. Olivia Blake picked up the loose ball, and Maya Flake found Cruz in the crease before the end of the period.
The Eagles quick attack continued to give MC Lax a problem early in the second period, as the Angels deficit moved back to nine within two minutes of the first draw. But three eight-meter goals from Higgs, Hite, and Capretti pressured UMW. Mary Washington responded with a pair of goals for a 16-7 advantage at 7:31.
Reilly Miller entered in goal for UMW, and the Avenging Angels turned up the heat scoring five more goals before running out of time.
Capretti finished with three points, while Hite and Higgs scored two goals apiece. Hite led the match with six draw controls, grabbing four ground balls, and Harris finished with a pair of caused turnovers. Haley Whitfield earned the loss for the Angels with 11 saves.
Haskins led the match with six goals for UMW, adding four draw controls.
The Avenging Angels return to their home turf next weekend to face off with Pfeiffer University in a USA South pairing.