BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team opened up Centennial Conference play earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field with a game against McDaniel. The Owls hung with the visitors early on in the affair, but an 11-0 scoring run by the Green Terror midway through the game made life difficult for the hosts. McDaniel ultimately was able to walk away with an 18-2 win in the contest, despite a season-high 14 saves from Katie Alpert, many of those being the "spectacular" variety.
McDaniel (4-4, 1-0 Centennial) got things rolling right out of the gate with three goals from three different players in the first five minutes of play. However, Bryn Mawr (2-2, 0-1 Centennial) did not get down on themselves due to that early deficit. The Owls struck right back a couple minutes later for their first goal of the game to trim the deficit. After two big saves from Alpert on the defensive side, Bryn Mawr was able to collect the ball and push downfield. Ultimately, the Owls worked the ball onto the stick of Georgina Dominique, who sliced through the Green Terror defense and ripped a shot past McDaniel's Nikki Francis to make it 3-1.
Unfortunately, that would be the lone tally of the first half for Bryn Mawr, as the visitors ball control suffocated the Owls offense for the remainder of the half. McDaniel rattled off nine goals to take a commanding lead into the break at halftime, and then were able to score twice more to open the second half. That all came despite an incredible effort by Alpert in the cage, who stood on her head at times to keep her team close. Several occasions saw Alpert diving on the ground to make a stop or collect a vital ground ball.
It was Dominique who would break the scoring drought for the Owls late in the half when she earned a free position shot. The senior captain had made a great run through the middle of the Green Terror defense and was in on goal before she was tripped up in the circle. On the ensuing free position shot, she raced in close and sent a bullet of a shot over the goalkeeper's stick and into the top of the net to give the Owls their second goal of the game.
That would not be enough to make a dent in the efforts of the Green Terror, who closed out the game with four more goals to take the 18-2 victory. Eleven different players scored for the visitors, while goalkeeper Nikki Francis made one save on the afternoon.
The Owls will look to rebound from their tough loss today when they get back in action on Wednesday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will close out their current homestand by hosting Cedar Crest on Applebee Field Wednesday. The Falcons have suffered a rough start to the 2016 season so far, as they currently hold an 0-5 record. Most recently, Cedar Crest lost to Lancaster Bible, a team Bryn Mawr beat to start off the season. The two sides will face off on Wednesday at 4:30 PM here at Bryn Mawr.