Spain Paces Owls' Offense in Tough Loss to Lancaster Bible

Spain Paces Owls' Offense in Tough Loss to Lancaster Bible

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The freezing temperatures and blustery conditions couldn't keep the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team out of action Saturday afternoon, as the Owls played their home-opener against Lancaster Bible. Despite a slow start, Bryn Mawr really started to hit their stride midway through the game, with senior co-captain Alison Spain leading the charge offensively for the Owls. Spain matched her previous single-game high with three goals in today's contest. Meanwhile on the back end, Katie Alpert had a career day herself, posting a single game best 28 saves in the game to keep Bryn Mawr in the thick of the action. However, Lancaster Bible got a strong game themselves from senior Alyssa Wesner, who tallied eight goals and three assists to lead the visitors to a 17-5 victory on the day.

Lancaster Bible exploded out of the gate in this one, scoring twice in the opening minute of play. The visitors would go on to tally three more goals in the first ten minutes, ultimately taking a 5-0 lead early on. However, Bryn Mawr stayed positive and stuck to their gameplan, and that eventually started to pay dividends. After a free position shot from Wesner was stuffed by Alpert, the Owls started a break the other way. Kendall Derber got the ball onto the stick of Spain, and the senior went to work. Spain was ultimately able to get around her defender and get an open look on goal and she did not miss, firing the ball low into the cage for Bryn Mawr's first home goal of the season.

The visitors would answer back with four more goals over a four-minute span, but the Owls struck again in the 18th minute of play. Once again it was Spain who was responsible. This time, Spain won the draw and raced downfield herself, going unstopped all the way into the circle. She was able to get another clean shot at the cage, again firing the ball home for her second goal of the day. That would be the final Bryn Mawr tally of the half, as Lancaster Bible would ultimately take an 11-2 advantage into the halftime break.

Head coach Kelly Barnes must have given some great words to her team at the half, as the Owls came out inspired in the early minutes of the second half. In fact, Bryn Mawr got right back on the board just 47 seconds into action. This time, it was Kendall Derber who tallied for the Owls, netting her second goal in as many games for Bryn Mawr this season. Later, senior Samantha Heyrich got in on the goalscoring action as well. Heyrich tallied her first career goal after taking a fantastic feed from Derber and firing home from the left wing. Alison Spain would close out the scoring with under a minute to play, completing her hat trick with another great shot from in close.

Katie Alpert once again had a fantastic day in the cage for Bryn Mawr, making all the easy saves and a bunch of high-difficulty level ones as well. It was not rare to see Alpert diving to the turf or kicking a foot out to keep a ball out of the low corners, and she also showcased her quick stick by stopping numerous free position shots and other hard efforts by the Chargers. Ultimately, Alpert racked up 28 saves on the day, the sixth-most in a single game in Bryn Mawr history.

Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Monday afternoon with another home game. This time, the Owls will welcome Wesley to campus for a 1 PM tilt. These two teams have faced off four times in the past, with both sides carrying two wins apiece into Monday's meeting.