DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team opened up their 2017 campaign earlier Tuesday afternoon with a trip to Delaware Valley College. The Owls found tough going early on in this first contest, but managed to put together a much stronger second half and get the offense going. Kendall Derber scored Bryn Mawr's lone goal of the day, while Katie Alpert notched 16 saves to move into second all-time at Bryn Mawr in career saves. Delaware Valley was led by three goals from Jordan Sanocki in the 14-1 win.
The game got off to a bit of a rough start for the Owls, with Delaware Valley scoring just 17 seconds after the opening whistle. The Aggies would go on to score twice more in the opening two minutes of play to jump out to a quick 3-0 lead. Senior captain Alison Spain tried to help Bryn Mawr put a stop to that run with a great win of the next draw, and she later got the Owls' first ground ball of the season. However, Delaware Valley continued to control things in the opening half, scoring eight more times to take an 11-0 lead to the halftime break.
That break seemed to really help the Owls out on both sides in the second half. After another goal from the Aggies, Spain won another draw and was able to go the other way and get off a solid shot on goal, forcing a save from Delaware Valley's Amanda Dietrich. As the half continued, Bryn Mawr's defense and some spectacular goalkeeping from Alpert helped the Owls keep DelVal's attack locked down.
Bryn Mawr would finally break the seal on the cage with just over six minutes left to go in the contest. After another of Alpert's strong stops, the senior goalkeeper fired a clearing pass upfield that found the stick of Kendall Derber. The sophomore made a nice move towards the goal and was able to fire home a shot, putting the Owls on the board. The goal was the second of Derber's career, and it was also the second assist for Alpert in her time at Bryn Mawr.
Delaware Valley would close out the game with two more goals over the final five minutes, ultimately coming away with a 14-1 win on the day. Spain led Bryn Mawr with two shots on the day, while Derber and Samantha Heyrich each added one more. Senior captain Diana Kelley had a solid day on the defensive side, leading Bryn Mawr with two caused turnovers.
Alpert's efforts this season will certainly be one of the things to keep track of as the Owls continue their campaign. With her sixteen saves today, the senior moves past Emily Kupprion for second place all-time in career saves at Bryn Mawr. Alpert's chase of the top spot in Owls history can now begin in earnest, as she'll look to move past Olivia Kurtz' 629 total saves to take the all-time record.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action this weekend for their home-opener. The Owls will welcome Lancaster Bible College to campus on Saturday for a 1:00 PM game, and they'll then get right back in action on Monday for a 1 PM contest at home against Wesley.