Bryn Mawr, Pa. - It was a big contest for the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team earlier this afternoon on Applebee Field. Facing the team just ahead of them in the league standings, the Owls were looking to snap a tough losing streak and take a step up the leaderboard in the Centennial Conference. Unfortunately, it was the Bears of Ursinus who took home the crucial win, using a big first half to cruise to a 17-0 victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Alpert made 11 saves in the contest, with several being the "highlight-reel" variety. Five players each scored two goals apiece to lead Ursinus, while Margaret Philbin earned the victory in the cage for the Bears.
It was tough sledding right from the start for the Owls, as Ursinus (3-8, 2-2 Cent.) put in five goals in the first ten minutes of play. The Bears would add two more, but then it was Bryn Mawr's turn to get in on the offense. After winning the draw off of an Ursinus goal, Georgina Dominique took the ball into the offensive end and the Owls were able to run a play. The ball ended up on the stick of Fiona Steele, who made a great move in the circle to draw an Ursinus foul. That gave the freshman attacker a chance at a free position shot. Steele again made a nice run in on the cage, and spotting some space under the crossbar, fired a shot at the cage. However, the ball sailed just high, and the Owls attack fizzled out.
Bryn Mawr (3-8, 0-5 Cent.) would get one more good look at goal, and it would come in the second half. With just under seven minutes left to play in the game, the Owls forced a turnover in their own end. Katie Alpert got in the way of an Ursinus pass and manage to deflect it and collect the ground ball. Bryn Mawr worked the ball out of their own zone and down the field into the offensive end. Georgina Dominique found herself some space in the middle and made a nice cut to take a shot at the net. However, a Bears defender got a stick in the way, blocking the shot and shutting down the Owls' final offensive chance of the day.
The Bears would ultimately close out the second half with five more goals, going home with the 17-0 win. With the loss, the Owls move to 3-8 on the season and are still in search of their first league win. They'll get their next shot at that on next Wednesday afternoon, when they host Washington College on Applebee Field. The Shorewomen are currently 5-3 on the season, and will pose yet another tough test for the Owls in this recent stretch of challenging contests. Wednesday's game is set to kick off at 5:00 PM.