BALTIMORE, Md. - After having their first two scheduled games of the season postponed by snow, the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team finally got their 2018 season underway earlier Monday afternoon with a trip to Notre Dame of Maryland University. The Owls fell behind early on in the game, as a very young Bryn Mawr team saw many fresh faces getting their first taste of the college game. However, the team really started to gel in the second half, outscoring the Gators 6-3 in the frame in an effort to stage a late rally. Ultimately though, Notre Dame held off the comeback effort and were able to pick up a 15-9 win of the game.
The hosts got on the board first with a goal just over a minute in, but Bryn Mawr immediately tied things up thanks to Maeve Donnelly's first collegiate goal less than a minute later. Later on in the first half, Kylie Woo also earned her first career goal, taking a feed from Kendall Derber and firing home for a great goal for the Owls. Donnelly followed up a bit later with her second goal of the game in the first half, but Notre Dame (Md.) had already stretched out a large advantage by that point. Ultimately, the hosts took a 12-3 lead into the locker room at halftime, a margin that would have been even greater had it not been for some strong saves by Claire Hampton, who was also making her first career start in the cage.
In the second half, Bryn Mawr finally started to get the offense going on all cylinders. Donnelly opened the scoring in the frame with a goal less than four minutes into the resumption of play. The Gators responded with two goals of their own, but the Owls locked things down from there. Woo scored her second goal of the game halfway through the second half, and that helped spark an Owls rally late. Fellow first-year Ariela Levitt scored her first collegiate goal just a few minutes later to make it a 14-6 game with the Owls charging hard. One more goal from the Gators momentarily put a halt to that run, but Donnelly got the goal-train going once again for Bryn Mawr with her fourth and fifth goals of the game to get Bryn Mawr back within seven. Woo completed her hat-trick less than a minute later to make it 15-9, but unfortunately, that would be as close as the Owls would get. Gators goaltender Marie Salas did just enough to help the hosts hang on for the win, as she made nine saves in the contest.
Now that the Owls have their feet wet with the season finally underway, they will be ready and raring to get right back into action. Fortunately, their next contest is just two days away, as Bryn Mawr will travel up to Allentown on Wednesday to take on Cedar Crest. Gametime on Wednesday afternoon is slated for 4:00 PM.