Lacrosse Fights Hard in Tough Loss to Swarthmore on Road

Lacrosse Fights Hard in Tough Loss to Swarthmore on Road

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse was back on the road earlier Wednesday night, taking on Swarthmore in another April Centennial Conference battle. The Owls put together some strong stretches of play in this one, but unfortunately came away with little to show for their efforts. Swarthmore ultimately came away with a 15-0 win in the game, thanks to a 31-3 advantage in shots in the contest. Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Katie Alpert recorded 12 solid saves in the game, while senior Alison Spain had the Owls' lone shot on cage on the night.

Swarthmore jumped out to a 9-0 lead in this one inside the first fifteen minutes of action, capitalizing on heavy ball possession with some quick scoring strikes. Bryn Mawr had their best offensive spurts in the last half of the first 30 minutes of play. With just over ten minutes to go in the opening frame, Spain caused a Swarthmore turnover and gained possession. That led to a clear for the Owls, which in turn led to a free position attempt. Kendall Derber stepped up to take the attempt, but her shot was blocked by a Garnet defender and cleared away. A little later in the half, it was Spain's turn to get a chance for the Owls. The senior midfielder managed to fire a ball hard on cage, but Swarthmore goalie Betsy Cohen was able to scramble and make a stop, preserving the clean sheet, at least for the moment.

The hosts continued their attack into the second half, ultimately building their way out to a 15-0 lead. Bryn Mawr's last offensive chance of the game came seven minutes into the final frame. Once again it was Spain who was able to gain possession and get a shot off, but once again a Garnet defender got a stick on the ball and blocked it away, leading to the shutout win for Swarthmore.

The Owls tough stretch of games continues this weekend, as they welcome Centennial Conference powerhouse Franklin & Marshall onto campus. Bryn Mawr will host the Diplomats on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 PM, and this might be as good a time as any to face off against F&M. The Dips lost their own game earlier Wednesday night, a disappointing 6-12 effort at home against Gettysburg, so perhaps the Owls will be able to find some weaknesses to exploit in Saturday's contest.