BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team welcomed the number one team in the country to campus earlier Saturday afternoon, as the Owls faced off against Centennial Conference foe Franklin & Marshall. Bryn Mawr found plenty of positives in today's contest, despite a tough 18-0 final that went against the hosts. Kendall Derber led a great team defensive effort for Bryn Mawr, with Katie Alpert tallying five saves on the day. The Diplomats showcased just why they are the top-ranked team in the nation with their performance today, however, posting 18 goals from 11 different players en route to their win.
Derber got the game started on the right foot by winning the opening draw for Bryn Mawr. In fact, the sophomore would take the first two draw controls and three total in the game. However, Franklin & Marshall would quickly gain possession by forcing a turnover, and they were able to capitalize on that by scoring the opening goal just 25 seconds into the game. The visitors would score 12 more times in the opening half to take a 13-0 lead to the break.
Despite their best efforts, Bryn Mawr was held without a shot in the contest. The Owls didn't let that stop them from doing some solid defensive work, though. At one point, Alpert herself raced out of the cage and caused a turnover with a great stick in the passing lane. Nora Broderick also earned a ground ball with some great hustle off of a F&M turnover. However, ultimately the Diplomats would score five more goals in the half to take the 18-0 win.
The Owls will keep this current three-game homestand going next Saturday. Bryn Mawr will play their third straight home Saturday game when they welcome Washington College to campus. With the Shorewomen in the mix in a bitter Centennial Conference playoff battle and the Owls making some great strides in the right direction, that contest should be a highly entertaining one. Game time on Saturday is slated for 1:00 PM.