Bryn Mawr, Pa. - It was a cold day on Applebee Field for the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team earlier this afternoon. In frigid temperatures, the Owls offense struggled to find any purchase and was unable to keep up with the scoring output of their opponents, Swarthmore. The Garnet ultimately ended up pulling away to a 21-3 victory, sending Bryn Mawr to 0-3 in conference play so far this season. Three different players got on the scoresheet for the Owls, while sophomore goalkeeper Katie Alpert made seven great saves in the contest. Swarthmore got scoring from nine different athletes, including a game-high five goals from Elyse Tierney.
Swarthmore (5-2, 2-0 Cent.) got their attack going early, scoring the first goal of the game just 19 seconds into play to take a quick 1-0 lead. However, Bryn Mawr (3-5, 0-3 Cent.) did a terrific job of answering right back to tie the game back up. Fiona Steele won the draw and the Owls worked their way downfield into the offensive third. After a shot from Izzy Betances went wide, Bryn Mawr retained possession and earned a free position attempt. The Owls pulled the ball out on the attempt, but quickly found Steele at the top of the circle. The freshman cut through several Swarthmore defenders and got a clear look at goal from close range. As she has proven already this season, Steele is deadly in those situations, and she did not miss today. A quick flick of the hands sent the ball over the keeper's shoulder and into the cage to make it 1-1 inside of three minutes played.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get to seeing a lead in the game. Swarthmore would go on to score 12 straight goals over the next twenty minutes, vaulting themselves into a 13-1 lead. The Owls would respond with two goals of their own late in the half to try and get back within striking distance. Alison Spain got Bryn Mawr back on the board by scoring her fourth goal in three games. She was able to pick up a rebound off of a save, and eventually would up in the left side of the circle. The sophomore attacker used a great move to get around her defender and fire a shot inside the near post to get the Owls their second goal of the day. Then, with just under 30 seconds left to go in the half, Claire Johnson got Bryn Mawr within ten with a nice individual clearance and run down the field. Nobody on Swarthmore stopped the ball, so Johnson was able to go at the goal and fire a shot into the cage to make it 13-3.
The Owls seemed to have all the momentum headed into the halftime break, but Swarthmore took it right back when the second half kicked off. The visitors scored three goals in the first five minutes of the frame, then got five more over the rest of the game to clinch a 21-3 victory over the Owls.
Bryn Mawr will get a two-day break before getting back in action this weekend. The Owls will face a non-conference opponent in Delaware Valley, a team that is struggling to find its own way so far this season. The Aggies have opened to a 1-5 record and are mired in a four-game losing streak coming into Saturday's contest. The Owls will look to take a step back towards .500 when the teams hit the field at 1:00 PM in Doylestown on Saturday.