Meredith downs women's lacrosse in OT

Alicia Sandoval shoots a lacrosse ball.

Raleigh, N.C. -- The Lynchburg College women's lacrosse team rallied from a six-goal deficit in the second half, but the Hornets fell in overtime, 13-12, at Meredith in the team's road-opener Thursday evening.

The Avenging Angels' Holly Hite scored the game-winner with 3 seconds remaining in overtime to claim the win.

Lynchburg spent most of the second half erasing the deficit, but the Hornets still trailed by a pair of goals until senior midfielder Dorrie MacGregor (Centreville, Md.) halved it with 2:43 to play. Sophomore attackman Carly Sandler (Kennebunk, Maine) tied the match with an unassisted score with 1 second to go, forcing overtime.

Junior attackman Alicia Sandoval (Montclair, Va.) led the way for Lynchburg with four goals and three assists while MacGregor and senior attackman Sidney Gleason (Dumfries, Va.) each scored twice. MacGregor picked up six ground balls and caused four turnovers, and senior defender Rachel Henderson (Perry Hall, Md.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Hite notched a Texas hat trick for Meredith.



Final: Meredith 13, Lynchburg 12 (OT)

Records: Meredith 5-0, Lynchburg 0-2

Venue: Meredith Athletic Field, Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C.



- Lynchburg began the game with a 2-1 lead in the first five minutes, but Meredith closed out the first half with five straight scores to take control.

- The Avenging Angels extended the lead to six early in the second half before Lynchburg began the comeback. Sandoval scored a pair of unassisted goals with just under 20 minutes to go, and MacGregor tacked on another to make it 9-6 with 16:54 to go.

- With Meredith enjoying an 11-7 lead with 13 minutes to play, goals from Gleason, junior midfielder Hannah Creasey (Virginia Beach, Va.), and Sandoval cut the lead to one with 5:43 to play. Meredith added another goal before Sandoval found MacGregor for a score with 2:43 to go. Lynchburg won back the draw, and Sandler added the clutch goal with a second to play to force overtime.

- Hite netted the game-winner with 3 seconds to play in the extra time.



Lynchburg will hit the road again Saturday, March 3 for a noon contest at Washington College.