BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team put together a great bounce-back victory earlier Wednesday afternoon in a 14-1 win over Cedar Crest. After dropping two tough home contests last week, the Owls closed out their homestand by thumping the Falcons, scoring 14 unanswered goals to cruise to the big home win. Erica Dwyer led the way for the Owls, scoring 5 goals and assisting on two more to key they Bryn Mawr offense. Fellow freshman Oona Ryle chipped in four more goals in the first half, while Katie Alpert had a quiet but solid day protecting the net. For the Falcons, it was Vivianna Samite who tallied the lone goal, while Desiree Lewis made some really nice saves in her first game in the cage this season.
Cedar Crest (0-6) actually jumped out in front early on, winning the opening draw and maintaining possession for most of the opening minutes. That fast start led to the opening goal of the game, as Samite was able to fire a low shot into the net just under three minutes in to put the visitors up 1-0.
Bryn Mawr (3-2) answered right back just 90 seconds later, as Fiona Steele tallied the game-tying goal on a free position shot. Three minutes after that, Dwyer came through with what would be the game-winner, taking a pass from Steele and putting the ball high into the back of the cage to make it 2-1 in favor of the Owls. Dwyer would double the Owls advantage and double her own tally as well with another goal just a minute later, this time off an assist from Alison Spain. Ryle got on the board next with her first of the day, and less than ten minutes in, Bryn Mawr already held a 4-1 lead.
The Owls continued to control possession and give the Cedar Crest defense fits over the remainder of the opening half. Georgina Dominique was next to get on the board, as she scored in the fifth straight game to open this 2016 season. Dwyer followed close behind with another goal, with a helper from Claire Johnson this time. Then, Elena Broderick got into the scorebook with her first tally of the season on a nice run down through the middle of the crease, firing a low ball into the cage to make it 8-1. Ryle tallied the next two goals, both coming on assists from Dwyer and getting her to ten on the season. Dwyer closed out the half with one last tally, a free position goal with five minutes left to make it a ten-goal lead for the Owls.
Bryn Mawr worked on their possession game a bit more in the second half, using some time to shape their plays and hone their movement. Cedar Crest, who played with just nine players throughout the game, had a tough time causing turnovers in the second half, allowing Bryn Mawr to continue to control play. That led to a few more goals for the Owls, as Alison Spain tallied her first two goals of the season and Dwyer closed out the scoring with one last goal on the day.
The Owls will hope to carry some positive momentum from today's result into the weekend, as they hit the road for another tough Centennial Conference tilt. Bryn Mawr will travel to Dickinson on Saturday for a matchup against a strong Red Devils team that is currently 2-2 on the season after a win over Lebanon Valley today. Saturday's affair is slated to start at 12:00 PM.