COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - On an unusual snowy April afternoon earlier Saturday, it was the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team who jumped out to an early lead in their game against Ursinus. An Erica Dwyer goal put the Owls up 1-0 in the opening minutes as Bryn Mawr looked to post their first Centennial Conference win of the season. However, the hosts battled back with a strong offensive performance over the rest of the contest, scoring 14 unanswered goals en route to a 15-2 win on the afternoon.
It was Ursinus (6-5, 2-2 CC) who won the opening draw to start the game, but a quick turnover handed the ball right over to the Owls. Bryn Mawr's Oona Ryle collected the ground ball and led a clearing attempt the other way. Bryn Mawr (4-6, 0-5 CC) was able to set up their offense and move the ball around, and it ultimately found its way into the stick of Dwyer. The freshman made some great juke moves to get past her defender and find an open lane to the cage. It was an opportunity she made the most of, as Dwyer fired the ball past Bears' goalkeeper Margaret Philbin and into the cage to hand the Owls an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, that would be the high point of the game for Bryn Mawr, as things went somewhat downhill from there. The Bears tied the game back up just 22 seconds later and then took the lead 40 seconds after that. Ultimately, the hosts would go on to score 12 more times in the half, even despite the best efforts of the Bryn Mawr defense. Katie Alpert made four great saves in goal, while defender Kendall Derber caused two turnovers and collected two ground balls for the Owls.
Another bright spot for the Owls came late in the second half as senior Hannah Broderick picked up her first goal of the season. Broderick took a pass from Fiona Steele and managed to find her way into the arc and fire a shot into the cage for Bryn Mawr's second goal of the day.
The Owls will look to regroup from the tough loss when they get back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will continue their road trip with yet another tough game against a formidable opponent, as they travel to Washington College for a midweek game. The Owls will look to topple the Shorewomen, with Wednesday's game slated to kick off at 7:00 PM.