GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team closed out their 2016 campaign earlier Saturday afternoon. The Owls hit the road for a challenging contest against Gettysburg, who currently sit at fifth in the IWLCA coaches poll and second in the Centennial Conference standings. The Bullets showed the merits of those rankings, as they held up their end at home with a 17-0 win over the Owls. Katie Alpert had a busy day between the pipes for Bryn Mawr, as she recorded ten saves in a full day of action.
Gettysburg (14-2, 8-1 CC) got things started early with their first goal just 1:16 into play thanks to a nice shot from Emily Tropsa. The Bullets would continue their strong offensive play over the opening eight minutes of play, scoring seven goals to jump out to a 7-0 advantage. After that seventh goal, however, Bryn Mawr found a streak of success that lasted several minutes. Alpert made a few nice saves, Owls defenders were able to force a turnover or two and collect ground balls, and a few attackers were able to rip off some shots. However, nothing came of that hard work by the visitors, and ultimately Gettysburg closed out the half with a few more goals, including a buzzer-beater with two seconds left to make it a 10-0 game at the half.
It was a similar story in the second half, unfortunately for Bryn Mawr, as Gettysburg continued to dominate possession and exert their control of the game. Ultimately the hosts would tack on seven more goals in the second half to close out the game with a final score of 17-0. The Bullets did an admirable job of rotating in their younger players throughout the contest, with no one player scoring more than two goals for the hosts. For Bryn Mawr, it was Fiona Steele and Erica Dwyer who provided the lone offensive chances, as they combined for eight shots on the day.
Despite the tough result to close out the season today, there are still a few positives for the Owls to reflect on after this campaign. Bryn Mawr totalled six wins this year, tied for their most in a single season since 2004. The Owls also seem to have some potent offensive years ahead of them, as sophomore Steele and freshmen Dwyer and Oona Ryle each scored over twenty goals this year and still have two years with the team. Bryn Mawr thanks their three senior cornerstones from this season, including Georgina Dominique and Claire Johnson, who have been valuable assets to the program in numerous ways throughout their Bryn Mawr careers.