BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team faced off against their closest Centennial Conference rivals on Applebee Field earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls welcomed Haverford College to campus for another high-powered league tilt, but unfortunately for the hosts it was the Fords who hung on for the win in today's contest. Fiona Steele led Bryn Mawr with two great goals on the day, while Katie Alpert made nine saves in a solid performance in the cage. The Fords were led by Annie Kelly, who tallied three goals on the day, while Rachel Romens made eight saves en route to her first win of the season in goal.
Haverford (8-4, 4-1 CC) came into the day on a nice three-game win streak, and that positive momentum carried right into the start of today's contest as well. The Fords scored the opening goal of the game just 39 seconds in, as Allie Gibbons used a Christina Gould pass to find the back of the net for the first score of the day. The visitors would tally eight more goals in the opening twenty minutes of play, jumping out to a 9-0 lead out of the gate.
Bryn Mawr (4-8, 0-7 CC) got back in the game right after that, however, thanks to tremendous individual effort from Steele. Nora Broderick won the ball off the draw following the previous goal, and the Owls were able to work the ball into the offensive zone and onto the stick of Steele. The talented sophomore knew exactly what to do with it, dodging and weaving through the Haverford defense to get a clear lane on the cage. Steele fired the ball home to get Bryn Mawr on the board with her 22nd goal of the season.
On the ensuing draw, it was Erica Dwyer who came up with control this time, and once again Bryn Mawr was able to get the ball to Steele. She worked her magic once more, slicing through the Fords like a hot knife through butter for a virtual replica of her previous goal. Steele doubled her tally, scoring two goals in just 22 seconds of game time, and that drew Bryn Mawr back within seven.
Haverford would answer back with two goals of their own over the next few minutes, but the Owls responded once more. A great save from Alpert led to a clear for Bryn Mawr, and this time the ball wound up in Dwyer's stick. The sophomore, and second-leading scorer for the Owls so far this year, knew exactly what to do with it, using some great spinning and dodging of her own to find a crease in the defense and fire the ball home for Bryn Mawr's third goal of the day.
Unfortunately, that would be the end of the scoring on the day for the Owls. They still got a few more good chances thanks to some solid passing in the offensive zone throughout the game. However, Romens made some great saves in the cage for the Fords, standing on her head at times to keep Bryn Mawr off the board the rest of the day. When the final horn sounded, Haverford was able to walk away with a 16-3 win.
The Owls will be right back in action after the weekend, as they play their final home game of the season on Tuesday afternoon. Bryn Mawr gets a break from their tough Centennial Conference slate next week with back-to-back non-conference games, starting with a matchup against Rosemont on Applebee Field on Tuesday. That game should be exciting for multiple reasons, as Bryn Mawr looks to pick up a win while celebrating Senior Day and also taking part in the fight against breast cancer in the Owls Fight For a Cure pink game. It all starts a 4:30 PM on Applebee Field on Tuesday.