Bryn Mawr, Pa. - It was another frigid day on Applebee Field for today's Bryn Mawr lacrosse contest against Hilbert College. However, even the low temps couldn't slow down the potent Owls offense, as Bryn Mawr registered 17 goals in a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Hawks in the final few minutes. Claire Johnson once again led the team with six goals in the game, but Fiona Steele, Georgina Dominique, and Alison Spain all added another three goals apiece in the victory. Katie Alpert registered 11 big saves for the Owls to get the win, while Hawks goalkeeper Meghan Stewart tallied 10 stops of her own. Nikki Schneider led the visitors with four goals in the game.
It was a fairly even affair in the first 20 minutes or so; neither side would pull ahead by more than one goal, with each team answering an opponent's point with a quick goal of their own. Finally, Bryn Mawr (2-1, 0-0 Cent.) pulled ahead with a nice four-goal run late in the half. Alison Spain got that started with a goal with just over seven minutes left to play in the period to make it a 6-6 game. Claire Johnson would go on to win the ensuing draw, and she would race down the field and put the ball in the cage herself to put the Owls ahead by one. Once again, Johnson would win the next draw, and after the ball traded possession inside the Hawks defensive end, it ended up in the stick of Dominique. She made a nice move off the ground ball and found some space inside the circle, where she fired the ball past Stewart and put Bryn Mawr up by two. It was Steele who would win the next draw, and after she immediately took the ball down the field and scored, the Owls had gone from down one to up three, all in the span of less than two minutes.
A timeout by the Hawks helped slow the Bryn Mawr run momentarily, as Hilbert (0-1) would go on to score the next two goals of the game to get back within one. However, the Owls closed the half with some positive momentum of their own, with Dominique registering her sixth goal of the season to send Bryn Mawr into halftime with a 10-8 lead.
Whatever Hawks head coach Katelyn Faas said to her team at the break must have sparked something in the Hilbert squad, as the visitors would go on a 5-0 run through the first half of the second period. Led by two goals from Megan Smith, the Hawks managed to take a 13-10 lead over the Owls with just 12 minutes to play in the game.
However, on this day, Bryn Mawr was not to be denied. The Owls would come back and tie the game at 13-all on a goal by Johnson with just under ten minutes to play. After the Hawks got the next goal to retake the lead, Steele quickly responded with a goal to tie things back up. Then, after a Hilbert turnover, Steele ended up with the ball once again and ran it straight down the field towards the cage. She managed to find Ashley Arbuckle on the left wing, and the senior attacker fired a beautiful shot inside the post, giving the Owls the lead once again with just over six minutes left to play. Bryn Mawr would run out the game with the help of two more goals, cinching a thrilling 17-14 comeback victory.
With the win, the Owls move to 2-1 on the season. They'll use their spring break to continue practice here on campus. After a nice homestand to open the season, they'll get their first road test on Wednesday, March 11th when they head just down the street to Rosemont College. The Ravens will be playing their first game of the season after two postponements to open March. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.