BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team returned to their home turf earlier Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference tilt against Bryn Athyn. In what started as a close affair early on, the Owls ran away with a 10-3 win in the end to move to 4-3 on the season. Five different players tallied goals for Bryn Mawr, with Erica Dwyer leading the way with three herself. On the defensive end, Katie Alpert made some great saves the few times she was called upon, tallying four stops and allowing just three goals to the Lions. Bryn Athyn was led by Emma Gross, who scored twice in the second half for the visitors.
Bryn Mawr (4-3) got out in front early with the opening goal of the game just over a minute into play. The Owls won the opening draw and were able to work the ball down the field quickly, with Fiona Steele ultimately taking control. She sent a pass to Claire Johnson inside the arc, and she was able to fire the ball into the cage to put the Owls on top early.
The Lions (1-2) answered back right away, however. A few minutes after that opening goal, Bryn Athyn was able to get into the offensive zone and work their possession game, running through several offensive plays and sets. After several minutes, the Lions finally found an opening, as Sabrina Colbridge worked her way into the 8-meter and fired a shot past Alpert and into the cage to tie things up at 1-1.
The Owls would not be deterred on this day, though. About six minutes later, Dwyer would register her first goal of the afternoon, and it would put Bryn Mawr on top for good. The Owls turned defense into offense, as Alpert collected a ground ball in her own end and a great clearing pass led to an offensive rush. Alison Spain took the ball into the zone and found Dwyer streaking into the arc, and she proceeded to fire a low shot past Bryn Athyn's Anja Weisser and into the net.
That goal sparked an offensive onslaught that lasted deep into the second half for Bryn Mawr. Oona Ryle was next to get in on the scoring action for the Owls a few minutes later, as she was able to get a shot past Weisser to make it 3-1. Then it was Alison Spain's turn, as she took a feed from Dwyer and cashed in with what would become the game-winning goal to make it 4-1. Steele helped keep the momentum going as Bryn Mawr closed out the half, as she netted a free position goal with just over 30 seconds left to go in the period to give the Owls a 5-1 lead headed into the break.
Even halftime couldn't slow down the Bryn Mawr attack, as Spain helped the hosts pick up right where they left off with her second goal of the game just five minutes into the new half. A few minutes later, Dwyer, Ryle, and Steele combined to score three goals in less than 90 seconds to virtually seal the deal for Bryn Mawr, making it a 9-1 game.
Bryn Athyn tried to put up a response midway through the period, and finally did get some goals to go their way. Captain Emma Gross scored two goals in 14 seconds to draw the visitors within six. They continued to press, but thanks to a shot flying off the post and some hard work from Alpert and the rest of the Bryn Mawr defense, that would be all that the Lions would get in the game. Dwyer slammed the door with one last goal with under ten minutes to go, taking a great feed from Ryle on the left side of the cage and slamming it home close to post the 10-3 final score.
With the win, the Owls move back over .500 with a 4-3 record on the year. They'll hope to continue that positive march when they play their next game on Saturday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will take a short trip over to Swarthmore to take on the Garnet this weekend in a Tri-Co tilt. Swarthmore is currently 3-4 on the season with a game to come tomorrow against Widener. Both sides will be looking for their first Centennial Conference win on Saturday, and it all kicks off at 1:00 PM at Swarthmore.