ABINGTON, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team earned a strong win earlier Thursday afternoon in a non-conference tilt. The Owls battled back from an early deficit to take a convincing 14-9 victory on the day from Penn State Abington. Erica Dwyer and Fiona Steele led the Owls with five goals each in the win.
The Nittany Lions (2-10) started the game strong with three goals in the opening ten minutes of play, but the Owls (6-8) showed some great resiliency and never got down on themselves. Bryn Mawr finally broke through in the 14th minute. The Owls got on the board off a free position attempt, as Steele found Elena Broderick with a pass. Broderick, who had made a great cut to get open, fired the ball into the cage for her second goal of the season.
That goal sparked a run for Bryn Mawr that saw them wrestle the lead from the hosts and never look back. Dwyer would tally next, again off a feed from Steele, to get the Owls within one. That same duo would pair up again just four minutes later, as Dwyer tied things up at 3-3. Steele took her turn next, with the Owls' leading scorer vaulting the visitors into the lead with her first goal of the game right on the 20-minute mark. One more goal from Dwyer, thanks to Steele's fourth assist of the game, capped the Bryn Mawr run at five.
Abington drew back within one goal just minutes later, but Bryn Mawr really sealed the deal in the final minutes of the opening half. Dwyer got the Owls second charge started, and then it was Oona Ryle who tallied on another assist from Steele. Bryn Mawr closed out the half in style, as Steele scored with just five seconds left to play to give the visitors a commanding 8-4 lead headed into the locker room at halftime.
Bryn Mawr maintained their lead over the first few minutes of the second half, taking advantages of 9-4 and 10-5 over the opening five minutes. However, the Nittany Lions had a few tricks left up their sleeve. Michelle Mast got the hosts back within four, but then Ryle answered right back to make it 11-6. Several scoreless minutes went by as the defenses tightened up, but Penn State Abington finally chipped a bit more off their deficit with two goals midway through the half. Mallory Mugnier's tally with 14 minutes left to play made it a three-goal difference, and that forced the Owls into calling a timeout.
Whatever message was sent in that timeout, the Bryn Mawr players certainly received it. Fiona Steele won the ensuing faceoff, and just 18 seconds later the Owls had bumped their lead back up thanks to a goal from Dwyer. Then, Steele registered another goal of her own on a free position shot, making it a five-goal game once again. Abington tallied one last goal, but that was as close as the hosts would get, as Steele capped off the victory with one final score to post the 14-9 final.
Steele led Bryn Mawr with five goals and six assists for 11 points on the day. Dwyer wasn't too far behind, as she earned 8 points. Bryn Mawr also played some tremendous team defense, including a sparkling 18-save effort from Katie Alpert in goal.
The Owls will look to keep this current win streak rolling when they get back in action on Saturday. Bryn Mawr will travel up the road to Allentown this weekend for a 12:00 PM game against Muhlenberg.