LANCASTER, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team kicked off their 2016 campaign in spectacular fashion earlier Wednesday afternoon. The Owls traveled to central PA for a non-conference tilt against Lancaster Bible in which they put on a tremendous offensive showing. Four different Bryn Mawr players combined to score 18 goals on the day, while Katie Alpert made 13 saves and the rest of the Owls defense held firm in an overpowering 18-5 win over the Chargers. Sophomore Fiona Steele led all scorers with 10 goals in the contest, tied for the most ever in a single game ever at Bryn Mawr. Lancaster Bible was led by Alyssa Wesner, who tallied two goals on 11 shots for the Chargers.
Lancaster Bible (0-1) controlled the ball off of the opening draw of the season, but it was Bryn Mawr (1-0) who opened the scoring just under three minutes into the game. After Alpert made three strong saves on the Chargers' opening possession, the Owls were finally able to clear the ball, and that runout led directly to Bryn Mawr's first goal. Freshman Erica Dwyer tallied her first career goal and the Owls first of the season on that play, giving Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead early.
The Owls would quickly build on that advantage, as Oona Ryle won earned the draw control off the whistle and Bryn Mawr got the ball to Steele. Just 22 seconds after their first tally, the Owls doubled their advantage as Steele registered her first goal of the season. A little over a minute later, Dwyer hit her second of the game, and then the Owls goals started to come in rapid fire once more. Over a two-minute span, Steele scored three more goals to give her four already in the game. A free-position goal from Ryle made it a 7-0 Owls advantage with less than ten minutes played in the game to that point.
Lancaster Bible finally ended the onslaught briefly with their first goal of the season off the stick of Wesner. In fact, the Chargers made it two in a row with a second goal just two minutes later. However, Bryn Mawr got back on track with yet another goal from Steele, and then senior Georgina Dominique got in on the action with her first of the season. All told, the Owls scored eleven goals in the first half and took an eight-point advantage to the locker room at halftime.
Even that break could not slow the Bryn Mawr attack down, as Steele got the second half started with yet another goal just over three minutes in. Then, Ryle, Dwyer, and Dominique each registered another goal, bumping the Owls advantage up to 12. Steele capped off the scoring with three more goals over the rest of the half, with her record-tying tenth goal coming with eight minutes left to play in the contest. A late goal from Lancaster Bible closed the scorebooks and handed the Owls a decisive 18-5 victory.
Bryn Mawr will look to capitalize on the momentum from today's win when they retake the field on Friday afternoon. The Owls will travel to nearby Penn State Abington to close out the week, with the game set to start once again at 3:00 PM.