Owls Suffer Comeback Loss in Home Opener to Delaware Valley

Owls Suffer Comeback Loss in Home Opener to Delaware Valley

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team looked good early on in their home opener Wednesday afternoon against Delaware Valley. The Owls held a 1-0 lead after ten minutes of play and were pressing for more. Then, lightning struck, and with it came the spark that the Aggies needed to ignite their offense. A spring storm raced through the Bryn Mawr region, causing nearly a 45-minute delay and allowing the visitors to regroup and come out swinging. Delaware Valley ultimately took the lead into the halftime break and were able to coast through the second half to a 10-4 win. Four different players scored for Bryn Mawr, while goalkeeper Katie Alpert had an awesome 13-save effort in the cage. The Aggies were led by Graeleigh Lackey, who tallied four goals and an assist in the winning effort.

Bryn Mawr (2-1) controlled the opening ten minutes of play in the contest, taking the first five shots of the game. Delaware Valley goalkeeper Amanda Dietrich came up big on several of those attempts, including back-to-back saves on Oona Ryle five minutes into play. The Owls finally cracked that wall, however, thanks to a great run by Georgina Dominique. The senior captain took control of the ball and hustled through the middle of the circle, firing past Dietrich and into the cage to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead early. The Owls continued to control possession even after that attempt, but suddenly in the midst of a spring downpour, a flash of lightning creased the sky, sending the teams into the locker rooms to wait out the pop-up storm.

The delay was brief, keeping the teams indoors for less than 45 minutes. However, it apparently had a huge impact on the game. Right after coming back out onto the field, the Aggies (3-1) tallied their first goal of the game thanks to a nice run from Lackey. Erica Dwyer answered back for the Owls with a great high shot just over a minute later. Delaware Valley scored the next three goals of the half, though, with all three coming in just under 80 seconds from three different players. It was Lackey who scored again to put the visitors out in front 3-2, and then she assisted on the goal that made it 4-2. The Owls needed a goal before halftime to get some positive momentum going, and they got it via a buzzer-beater from Claire Johnson. Johnson paired up with fellow co-captain Dominique to race in from the right side of the circle and sneak a low shot past Dietrich and into the net, sending the Owls to the break down just one.

Unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, that was as close as they would get for the rest of the game, as the second half was almost completely dominated by Delaware Valley. Lackey netted the Aggies first goal of the half just 42 seconds into play with what would be the game-winner, and they would not look back from there. Another goal doubled Delaware Valley up on the Owls with 25 minutes left to play. Bryn Mawr tried to put together a response, and did get a good five minutes of play after that. Freshman Oona Ryle netted her sixth goal of the season with 20 minutes left, getting an assist from Dwyer en route to cutting the Bryn Mawr deficit to just two. However, Delaware Valley closed out the game by scoring the final four goals to ultimately cinch up their 10-4 win.

Bryn Mawr will look to bounce back this weekend in their first Centennial Conference game of the season. The Owls will continue their homestand by hosting McDaniel on Saturday. The Green Terror have gotten off to a mediocre 3-3 start to the season and will be hoping to get their league season started off on the right foot on Saturday themselves. Saturday's big game is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Applebee Field.