ROSEMONT, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team put together quite the evening earlier Thursday night. Despite the bitter cold and frigid wind that swept across the turf at Rosemont, the Owls offense caught fire in big way. Bryn Mawr sliced through the Rosemont defense multiple times in a frenetic second half display, while Owls netminder Katie Alpert anchored the defense and posted a new school record on the other end. The final horn would end up being a merciful end to this one for the Ravens, but not before Alison Spain, Bryn Mawr's senior co-captain, carved up the hosts for eight goals in the contest, a new career high. Alpert's 12 saves were plenty enough the hold things down on the back end, and that all eventually added up to a 12-7 victory for Bryn Mawr.
Rosemont actually jumped out to a two goal lead in the opening portion of tonight's contest. After a 10-minute "feeling-out" period to start the game where neither side could control possession, the Ravens finally broke through at the 19 minute mark with a goal from Victoria Kasper. The hosts would double up on that advantage less than two minutes later on another unassisted goal. However, Bryn Mawr struck right back just a few minutes later. It was Kendall Derber who opened the Owls' account on the night, capitalizing on a saved shot from Spain and putting home her own effort to get the Owls back within one. Spain would then tie things up for Bryn Mawr, scoring her first of the night with a little over 8 minutes to play in the half. That goal came on a beautiful feed from Marilyn Harbert behind the cage. Harbert found Spain cutting straight down through the circle unmarked, and the senior captain fired the ball home low to tie things back up.
The 2-goal trend would continue, as Rosemont answered back with two goals of their own to retake the advantage. Derber would net her second goal of the night with just under three minutes to go in the half to trim the deficit back to one, but Rosemont struck back less than a minute later to bump their lead back to two. However, Bryn Mawr got the final say in the first half, with Spain netting the Owls a goal with just two seconds left on the clock. That drew the Owls back to within one as the teams headed to the half.
That last-second goal from Spain certainly seemed to set the tone for the second half, but not until after Rosemont bumped their lead back out. Jen South scored her fourth of the game for the hosts just four minutes into the half to give them a 6-4 advantage. However, Bryn Mawr was undeterred. The Owls answered back in less than a minute thanks to another goal from Spain. In fact, Spain would score five straight goals for Bryn Mawr over a 15-minute stretch, proving unstoppable in that frame. The senior co-captain ended up scoring eight goals on the night on 12 shot attempts. When the dust finally settled on that scoring stretch, Bryn Mawr held a 9-6 lead with under ten minutes to play.
Meanwhile on the back end, Alpert was once again a stalwart in the cage for Bryn Mawr. The senior kicked her play up another level in the second half, making some pretty remarkable saves on great looks for the Ravens. With 17:29 left to go in the game, Alpert made another very solid save, turning aside a shot from Rosemont's Victoria Kasper in close, and making it look easy to boot. That save proved to be historic, as it was the 630th of Alpert's career. That moves her into first place all-time in Bryn Mawr lacrosse history in that category.
With Alpert locking things down on the defensive side, it was time for Bryn Mawr to bring this one home, and they certainly did so with aplomb. After Kasper got the hosts back within two with under ten to play, the Owls slammed the door with three more goals in the closing minutes. All three came on free possession shots, with Derber tallying two of those and Spain the third. When the horn finally sounded on this one, the Owls had earned their first win of the season in 12-7 fashion over the Ravens.
Spain's eight-goal night was a career high, and was also tied for the second most goals scored by an individual in a single game in Owls history. Derber's four goals were also a career high for the talented sophomore. Tonight's victory is also the first for Bryn Mawr's first-year head coach Kelly Barnes.
Bryn Mawr will look to keep the positive vibes going when they get back in action on Saturday. The Owls will continue their three game road trip with a game up at Muhlenberg. That will be the first Centennial Conference game of the season for Bryn Mawr. Game time on Saturday is set for 12:00 PM.