BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team celebrated their Senior Day earlier Saturday afternoon on a chilly day on Applebee Field. The Owls lauded the careers of their four seniors prior to today's contest against Dickinson, and that propeled them to a very solid performance against the Red Devils. Despite an uneven-looking scoreline, there were plenty of positives in the effort of the Owls on this day.
Seniors Diana Kelley, Alison Spain, Samantha Heyrich, and Katie Alpert were honored prior to the contest getting underway. Each has played a big role this season under first-year head coach Kelly Barnes, particularly in helping shepherd a young Owls squad through the grind of the Centennial Conference. That tough league season continued today against the Red Devils, who jumped out to an early lead with a goal just over a minute into the game. Dickinson would put up 12 more goals in the first half, but it could have been many more if not for the strong effort of Bryn Mawr's defense.
The Owls did a great job slowing the game down when they gained possession, and their active sticks forced numerous Dickinson turnovers. Alpert was also a stalwart in the cage once again for Bryn Mawr, making several spectacular saves on the afternoon. Ultimately, the senior netminder racked up 14 saves on the afternoon. Already the program record-holder in that category, Alpert's total of 672 now puts her in eigth place all-time in Centennial Conference history, and her chase up that list will continue the rest of this season.
Dickinson continued their attack into the second half, ultimately bumping their advantage out to 18-0. Bryn Mawr continued to up their level of play throughout the contest, and the Owls had their best offensive chance late in the contest. With under five minutes left to play, Kendall Derber earned a draw control following a Dickinson goal. The Owls sophomore rushed into the attacking zone, and her aggressive play earned her a free position shot. Derber managed to get a good look at the cage, but her low shot bounced just wide of the post, closing out the Owls' attack.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action next week with a midweek road trip to Swarthmore. The Owls will face off against their tri-co rivals in their final night game of the season, with the contest at Swat slated to start at 7:00 PM. Bryn Mawr will return to Applebee Field in a week to take on Franklin & Marshall at noon.