RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three Meredith College women's lacrosse players joined a field of 256 honorees named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Division III All-Region teams as announced Monday. Holly Hite earned her third All-Chesapeake Region award and second as a first team honoree. She was joined by first-timers Sarah Arbes on the first team and Lilia Cruz with a second team selection.
Hite graduated as one of the most decorated Avenging Angels across all sports. She's an IWLCA All-American, USA South Player of the Year, two-time conference tournament MVP, and three-time All-Conference first team selection. She and Arbes led a senior class who dominated the USA South with an undefeated four-year career complete with four Regular Season and Tournament Championships, followed by four NCAA Tournament appearances. Hite ended her career ranked third nationally with 568 draw controls and 10th averaging 7.01 per game. Within the conference Hite led this season in shots and shots on goal and ranks in the top-six in goals, points, and caused turnovers.
Arbes rose to the Meredith leader board this season as the Avenging Angels' draw specialist and was named the USA South Tournament MVP, her fourth year as a member of the All-Tournament team. A four-time All-Conference honoree with three first-team selections, Arbes earned five weekly nods as the USA South Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week during her career. With Arbes most often at the center, Meredith ranks fifth nationally with 17.95 draw controls per game, and the Avenging Angels led the USA South this year with the lowest goals against average of 6.48.
Cruz made her mark on Meredith lacrosse early in her career as the 2018 USA South Rookie of the Year and continues to impact the Angels attack. As a sophomore, Cruz already ranks in the top-six all-time at Meredith in points, goals, and assists. She finished the 2019 season ranked second behind program standout Katie Burnet with 4.95 points per game and third behind Burnet and Carlee Joseph with 2.88 goals per game. In the season opener at CNU, Cruz set a new marker for Meredith lacrosse with 12 points in a single match on nine goals, which tied the top spot, and three assists. She's also a two-time All-Conference first team and All-Tournament selection.
In addition to the on-field accolades for each of these Meredith-strong women, each of these Avenging Angels boast academic honors as individuals and as members of the MC Lax team.