GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team kept their spring going strong earlier Saturday afternoon with a solid effort against the third-ranked team in the country. The Owls traveled over to central Pennsylvania to take on the Gettysburg College Bullets and their vaunted defense. The Bullets have held their opponents to single-digit goal totals in every game this season, even shutting out Swarthmore. However, Bryn Mawr was unfazed by the stats, and managed to tally a goal against the Bullets in this one. The defensive effort was solid as well, though the Owls ultimately fell by a 20-1 score.
The hosts got off to a strong start in this one, winning the opening draw and getting downfield for a goal just 14 seconds into play. In fact, the Bullets would score six more times in roughly the opening ten minutes, putting them up 7-0 early. However, Bryn Mawr responded well midway through the first half. After some great Owls defense ultimately forced Gettysburg into a turnover, Bryn Mawr was able to cleanly clear their zone. The ball ultimately worked its way into the stick of senior captain Diana Kelley, and the veteran knew exactly what to do with it. Kelley fired the ball past goalkeeper Bailey Pilder and into the netting, giving the Owls a goal against the fourth-best defense in the country.
Alison Spain had another great look for Bryn Mawr just ten minutes later. The other senior captain on the squad, Spain earned a free position shot with a great move inside the circle. She would manage to rocket a shot on cage, but the Bullets netminder was able to get in front of that shot to make the stop. On the other end, Owls goalkeeper Katie Alpert had another solid day of her own. Alpert registered 13 saves on the day, many of them the spectacular variety against some difficult Gettysburg shots. Today's effort moves Alpert into second place all-time in the Centennial Conference in career saves with a current total of 734. However, Gettysburg would end up tallying 20 goals on the day in their winning effort.
Bryn Mawr will be back in action next week for their final two games of the season. The Owls will host Haverford on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 PM in the final game on Applebee Field in the 2017 lacrosse campaign. Bryn Mawr will then travel to McDaniel next Saturday for a 1:00 PM tilt against the Green Terror to close out the season.