RALEIGH, N.C. -- Head Coach Lauren Scott and senior midfielder Holly Hite led a host of Meredith College women's lacrosse honorees in the USA South end-of-season awards announced Wednesday. Scott collected her fourth Coach of the Year honor, tying the USA South record for women's lacrosse. Hite becomes the fourth consecutive Avenging Angel and fifth overall Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year named in Meredith's seven-year program history. Twelve Angels were recognized.
Scott has directed the Meredith program to 35 consecutive USA South regular season wins for four straight undefeated league seasons. The effort led to the program's fourth Regular Season title to go along with five tournament championships, and MC Lax will battle for a sixth this weekend in LaGrange, Georgia. Scott has amassed a .738 winning percentage at Meredith, including 96 overall victories and 48 within the USA South.
The first IWLCA All-American honoree in Meredith program history, Hite collects her first Player of the Year honor this year. She leads the league with 189 draw controls this season, and ranks fifth in the nation across all NCAA divisions with a career 535. She ranks second in the conference with 72 goals and fifth with 84 total points. Hite was also named to the All-Conference first team.
Julie Capretti and Lilia Cruz were named to the All-Conference first team attacks, Sarah Arbes as a defender, and Joy Deitrich for her time in goal for the Avenging Angels. Capretti leads the USA South with 93 total points, ranks tied for seventh with 60 goals, and tied for third with 33 assists. She ranks second all-time at Meredith in points and assists. Cruz ranks tied for second behind Capretti with 92 points, sits even with Capretti with 33 assists, and ninth in the USA South with 59 goals. Arbes sits in third among league players with 42 caused turnovers and tied for sixth with 82 draw controls. She ranks second all-time at Meredith in draw controls and third in caused turnovers behind Hite and Cameron Ruffin, '18. Deitrich leads the league goalies this year with a 4.52 goals against average, earning seven wins with no losses on the year.
Second team honorees include attack Olivia Higgs and midfielder Henley Peatross. Peatross was also named to the All-Sportsmanship team. Higgs ranks in the top-11 in the USA South in goals, assists, and points, and ranks third this spring at Meredith with 24 caused turnovers. Peatross scored 22 goals with eight assists, adding 11 caused turnovers and 16 draw controls.
Rookies Maya Flake and Olivia Blake earned a spot on the third team, along with defender Ansley Harris and goalie Haley Whitfield. Flake ranks second in the league with 40 assists, and Blake in the top-25 in goals and points. Harris recorded 11 caused turnovers, 13 ground balls, and Whitfield ranks third in the USA South with an 8.40 goals against average in her eight wins, four losses this spring.
MC Lax hits the field again Friday, April 26, in LaGrange, Georgia, in the first semifinal contest of the USA South Tournament. The Avenging Angels will face off with fifth-seed Methodist who ousted fourth-seed William Peace Tuesday night in round one action.