Owls Pick Up First Win of Season in Impressive Fashion

Owls Pick Up First Win of Season in Impressive Fashion

Bryn Mawr, Pa. – It was a cold and foggy afternoon on Applebee Field for the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team's second game of the season. However, the Owls goal was still quite clear: pick up their first win of the 2015 campaign. They were able to do just that, beating Lancaster Bible in dominating fashion to earn a big 16-5 victory. Fiona Steele continued the brilliant start to her freshman campaign, tallying six goals to lead all scorers. Claire Johnson chipped in another four of her own, while four other Owls registered on the scoresheet as well. Sophomore goaltender Katie Alpert was a big presence in the cage for Bryn Mawr, making 18 saves (second-most of her career) to help the Owls earn the victory. For the Chargers, Alyssa Wesner and Myranda Kemrer both tallied two goals apiece.

Lancaster Bible (0-1, 0-0 NEAC) controlled the ball through the first few minutes, but it was Steele who helped get Bryn Mawr (1-1, 0-0 Cent.) out in front early with two free-position goals inside the first seven minutes. Georgina Dominique then followed that up by getting her first goal of the season on a nice run around the cage. The teams traded empty possessions back and forth over the next few minutes of play, but then another Owl registered her first goal of the year. Junior Alexandra Seits got on the board after a long run of possession by Bryn Mawr that saw Dominique put another free-position shot just wide. The ball ended up on the stick of Seits, who curled around into the circle and put it in the cage to make it 4-0.

Senior Ashley Arbuckle, a new addition to the squad this season, would follow that up with her first career lacrosse goal. With just under two minutes to go in the half, Arbuckle picked up a loose ball just to the left of the cage. She then spun towards the top of the circle and across the face of the goal, giving herself a better angle to fire the ball just inside the near post to put Bryn Mawr up 5-0. Steele would follow that up with another goal right off the draw, and then Dominique added another with 30 seconds to go in the half to give the Owls a commanding 7-0 lead headed into halftime.

Lancaster Bible would not go out quietly however, as the Chargers' Wesner scored a goal just a minute into the half to get the visitors on the board. After Bryn Mawr's Alison Spain answered with a goal of her own, Lancaster Bible would get within six once more thanks to another goal from Wesner, this of the free-position variety. However, Bryn Mawr would not be denied on this day. Claire Johnson scored the next two goals of the game, making it a 10-2 lead for the Owls with 20 minutes to play. The teams then traded goals back and forth before Bryn Mawr racked up four straight off the sticks of Johnson, Dominique, and Steele to clinch the bigtime win.

With the victory, Bryn Mawr moves to .500 at this early mark in the season with a 1-1 record. Johnson and Steele have leapt out of the gates to lead the team with an impressive 11 and 10 goals respectively over the first two contests. The Owls will have a chance to move their record above that mark when they hit Applebee Field Friday afternoon for one more home game, this time against Hilbert. Bryn Mawr will look to close out their season-opening homestand on a positive note before hitting the road for three games over the next two weeks.