Doylestown, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team came up just short of a great victory earlier Saturday afternoon. On yet another cold and windy spring day, the Owls saw an early lead disappear before their late rally came up just short in the 10-6 losing effort. Junior Claire Johnson led the way for Bryn Mawr with four goals on five shots in the game. Katie Alpert made 13 saves in front of the cage for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr (3-6, 0-3 Cent.) jumped out to a lead early on in today's contest with a goal just over five minutes into the game. The Owls controlled the opening draw of the game, but could not capitalize on that first possession. Both sides traded possessions over the first few minutes, but then Georgina Dominique made a great defensive play to cause a turnover and rob the Aggies of the ball. She earned the ground ball as well, and led the break out of the Owls' zone. The ball ended up in the stick of Diana Kelley, who fired a rocket of a shot towards the cage, but it rang off the post. The Owls maintained possession, with Fiona Steele taking a shot a few seconds later that sailed just high. Finally, after putting the ball back in play, Steele sent a pass to a cutting Johnson. The midfielder maneuvered around her defender and got an open look at the cage, firing the ball into the net to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.
Delaware Valley (2-5) answered back with two quick goals of their own five minutes later to take a 2-1 lead in the game. However, Bryn Mawr benefitted from a yellow card right off of the following draw to tie the game back up at 2-2. With the man advantage, the Owls worked the ball onto the stick of Steele, who wound her way into the circle and scored a nice goal.
Once again, Delaware Valley would score two more goals to leap back into the lead. Still, the Owls were relentless, answering with two goals of their own to make it 4-4. Claire Johnson used a nice assist from Ashley Arbuckle to net the first of those tallies, and then Nora Broderick got in on the action. The freshman drew a foul by her defender inside the circle, earning herself a free-position shot. She managed to fire the ball past the Aggies keeper and into the net to make it 4-4. That was the first goal of Broderick's career, and helped put the momentum squarely back in the Bryn Mawr camp.
Unfortunately, Delaware Valley got that momentum right back with a crucial goal just before halftime. With just 25 seconds remaining in the first frame, Jacqueline Ricks managed to get a shot past Alpert to send the Aggies into the locker room with a 5-4 lead in the hotly contested affair. That momentum would carry over to the second half as well, as the hosts would score another goal right out of the gate in the second half to make it 6-4.
Bryn Mawr tried to make one more charge in response to another deficit, and they took a good first step towards that by scoring the next goal. It was Johnson yet again keeping her hot hand going, taking an assist from Alison Spain and scoring to put the Owls down just one goal.
However, that would be as close as Bryn Mawr would get from that point on. Delaware Valley cranked up their potency over the last 15 minutes of play in the game, scoring four times in a twelve-minute span to take a commanding 10-5 lead. Johnson got one more goal in before time ran out, but it simply would not be enough, as the Aggies held on for a 10-6 win.
Bryn Mawr will now look to regroup before getting back into action next week. The Owls will continue their current road trip with a visit to Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats will pose a big challenge for Bryn Mawr, as they are the top-ranked team in all of Division III and outscore opponents by almost seven goals per game. Wednesday's contest is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 PM in Lancaster.