Spain's Hat-Trick Paces Owls in Strong Effort Against Haverford

Spain's Hat-Trick Paces Owls in Strong Effort Against Haverford

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team played their final home game of 2017 earlier Wednesday afternoon, taking on cross town rivals Haverford. The Owls certainly were up to the task, scoring their most goals of the season against any Centennial Conference opponent today, mostly thanks to the efforts of Alison Spain. The senior co-captain registered a hat-trick in the contest, scoring all three of Bryn Mawr's goals in a very competitive 18-3 loss. Owls goalkeeper Katie Alpert also had an impressive afternoon, making 15 saves in a great effort in the cage.

Haverford jumped out to a quick lead early on in today's affair, going up 7-0 in the first 13 minutes of action. However, Bryn Mawr stayed competitive and kept their aggressive play going, and that finally led to the Owls getting on the board. Spain was able to win a draw and then get the ball into the offensive zone. After some solid pass-and-move offense, the ball found its way back into Spain's stick, and the senior earned a foul inside the circle. On the ensuing free-position attempt, Spain fired a shot into the cage, getting the Owls their first goal of the contest.

That positive momentum would keep rolling for the Easton, Pa. native, as she registered her second tally of the game with less than two minutes to go in the first half. Once again that goal came on a free position shot that resulted from a great move in the circle by Spain. Then, the senior capped off the Owls scoring by opening the second half with one more goal. This time, a phenomenal save by Alpert led to a good clear for Bryn Mawr. Ultimately, Spain gained possession in the offensive zone, and she was able to duck past a defender and get a wide open look on goal, firing the ball low into the netting to secure her hat-trick.

Alpert also had a fantastic game on the defensive end for the Owls. Not only did the senior netminder tally 15 saves in the contest, she also recorded five caused turnovers as well. Most of those were due to some very heady play by Alpert, getting her stick in the way and intercepting numerous centering passes from behind the net by Haverford players. However, despite the great effort from Alpert and the rest of the Owls defense, Haverford would ultimately get out of town with an 18-3 win on the night.

The Owls will close out their season on Saturday with one final contest. Bryn Mawr will travel to McDaniel for a 1:00 PM tilt against the Green Terror, who are currently 4-11 and 0-8 in the league on the season.