BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team finally got their home opener in earlier Saturday afternoon, after dealing with multiple postponements and cancelations due to snow in the beginning of their 2018 campaign. The Owls welcomed Muhlenberg to campus for a Centennial Conference tilt, and despite a very strong start from the visitors, Bryn Mawr played a solid second half and there were plenty of positives along the way for the Owls. Kylie Woo and Maeve Donnelly scored two goals apiece for Bryn Mawr in the contest, while goalkeeper Claire Hampton made 10 saves on the day, a new career-high for the first-year netminder. Muhlenberg did a great job of spreading the scoring around in today's contest, with 11 different players tallying goals for the visitors. Jordy Bonvini led the Mules with five goals in the contest and Amanda Tullo and Victoria Friedel each chipped in three goals apiece.
Muhlenberg was on the front foot from the opening draw in today's contest, with Friedel getting the visitors on the board first just 33 seconds into the game. Ten minutes into the game, the Mules had built out a 10-0 advantage in the contest, and they added three more goals over the next ten minutes of play. However, after a slow start, Bryn Mawr's young squad started to warm up and adjust to the pace of their first Centennial Conference game, and the Owls had their first solid stretch of possession with about seven minutes to go in the first half. The Owls were able to gain possession after a Mules turnover and clear the ball into the other attacking zone and finally set up some offense. Maeve Donnelly registered the first shot on the day for Bryn Mawr during that possession, but her great effort was matched by an equally strong save from Muhlenberg's Jordan Steinroeder. However, Bryn Mawr was able to pounce on the rebound, and that led to another shot from fellow first-year Kylie Woo. Unfortunately, her laser of a shot sailed just wide of the post. The Owls had a third opportunity soon after on a free position attempt, but a false start gave the ball back to Muhlenberg and shut down that possession. Muhlenberg would take the ball to the other end and score one more time, giving the visitors a 14-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Four more goals for the Mules in the first half of the second frame ultimately solidified the final result, but Bryn Mawr would not go down quietly. The Owls really started to increase their pressure and gain more possession over the final 17 minutes of the game, and that resulted in a 4-1 advantage in scoring for Bryn Mawr in that time frame. Kylie Woo got Bryn Mawr on the board first with a free position goal that resulted from a save from Claire Hampton and clear by the Owls defense just a few seconds earlier. Then Donnelly got her first Centennial Conference goal as well with a great cut through the center of the Mules defense and a solid low shot into the cage.
In the final two minutes, the Owls would double their tally, and it was once again Woo and Donnelly doing the damage. Bryn Mawr was once again able to collect possession after a great save from Hampton, and the Owls worked the ball downfield and into the stick of Woo. The New York native sliced into the offensive zone and made a great move to get past a defender and in on goal, where she fired home for her second goal of the game. The final, and arguably most memorable, goal of the day came from Donnelly in the final moments of play. Fellow first-year Ariela Levitt had the ball in her possession, and she made a great pass from down low behind the cage to Donnelly, who was cutting up the left side of the goal. The towering freshman caught the pass and fired a shot on goal seemingly all in one motion, and the ball rocketed just over the Mules' goaltender's head and into the net just a split-second before the final horn sounded to end the game, setting off a mini-celebration of the buzzer-beater by the whole Owls' squad.
After getting their first taste of Centennial Conference action today, the Owls will now prep for their first league road trip next week. Bryn Mawr will travel to Carlisle to take on Dickinson College on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Then, the Owls will return home next Saturday for a big non-conference showdown against Centenary. That game was one of the matches originally scheduled for earlier this season, but postponed due to a snowstorm. Bryn Mawr and the Cyclones will now face off on Saturday the 31st in a 10:00 AM contest on Applebee Field.