BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team took the field earlier Saturday morning for a non-conference faceoff against Centenary College, and the Owls showcased some tremendous skill all throughout the 60-minute affair. Seven different players tallied goals for the Owls on the day, led by five apiece from Maeve Donnelly and Kylie Woo, leading to a dominant 18-3 win over the Cyclones. Claire Hampton also had a great day in the cage for Bryn Mawr, as she made a career-high 11 saves in the contest. Centenary faced a difficult task, as the visitors played without any available substitutes in the game, but still acquitted themselves well with strong effort the whole way. The Cyclones spread out the scoring as well, with their three goals coming from three different players. Goalkeeper Renee Hack made eight saves in the tough loss for the Cyclones.
Bryn Mawr was on the front foot right from the start, winning the opening draw and immediately gaining a foothold in the offensive zone. Ultimately that led to the Owls' first goal of the day, as Maeve Donnelly took a great feed from Kendall Derber and let a hard shot on cage that found the back of the net. The Owls would double their lead less than half-a-minute later, this time with Ariela Levitt earning a free position attempt and firing her resulting shot past Hack and into the cage to make it 2-0. Bryn Mawr made it three goals in less than a minute when Elicie Edmond got on the score sheet next. That goal once again started with a great pass from Derber that led Edmond into a wide open space in the Cyclones' defense. The freshman midfielder made no mistake with that opportunity, letting a shot loose that once again found the back of the net to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.
The Owls really threatened to run away with things early by scoring the next five goals in the contest. Kylie Woo was the next to tally a goal, as Bryn Mawr went virtually coast-to-coast after a clear before Woo fired home an unassisted score. Later, Donnelly registered her second goal of the contest to make it a 5-0 lead for Bryn Mawr. Then it was Sarah Gu's turn to get in on the action. The sophomore midfielder made a nice move into the eight-meter area and drew a hard foul that gave her a free position attempt of her own. Gu took advantage of that opportunity, firing a high shot just under the crossbar and into the net for her first career goal. A few minutes later, Edmond got her brace with her seventh goal of the season, and a few minutes after that the Owls made it 8-0 as Donnelly completed her hat trick with an unassisted goal.
The Cyclones put a momentary halt to Bryn Mawr's run with a nice run of play of their own with ten minutes left to go in the first half. Kristin Karszen collected a turnover in her own defensive end and sprinted all the way down the field. The leading scorer for Centenary showcased some great individual skill, cutting through the entire Bryn Mawr midfield and defense and getting in alone on goal. There, she fired a hard shot just past the stick of Hampton and into the netting to finally get the Cyclones on the board. Then, just 23 seconds later, Centenary struck again. This time, the visitors won the draw control and got the ball into the offensive zone and onto the stick of Taylor Heverly. She sliced in front of the cage and fired a shot just under the stick of Hampton and into the net, doubling the Cyclones' scoring total in the blink of an eye.
Bryn Mawr did a great job responding to that momentary pressure, as the Owls scored less than a minute later to get the momentum back on their side. Woo tallied her second goal of the affair on a beautiful pass from Donnelly, and then she netted her hat trick exactly seven minutes later to make it a 10-2 Bryn Mawr lead. The Owls would bump that margin one goal higher before the half ended, as Derber got her name in the scoring column with a great goal on an assist from Donnelly.
In the second half, it was more of the same as Bryn Mawr continued to control possession and dominate play. Donnelly, Edmond, and woo each scored in the first nine minutes of the half, and then Donnelly tallied her fifth goal of the game at the 20:36 mark. Colleen McGrath was next in the scorebook, getting her first goal of the season on an unassisted strike. Woo followed that up a few minutes later by taking a pass from Ariela Levitt and putting the ball in the back of the cage for her fifth goal of the game. Centenary momentarily put a dent in the Owls' attack with a goal of their own a few minutes later, but Bryn Mawr responded by scoring the final goal of the game with just under eight minutes to play as Kendall Derber tallied her fourth goal of the season.
With the win today, the Owls have already surpassed last season's win total, and the calendar has not even flipped to April yet. Bryn Mawr will look to build a winning streak when they get back in action next week. Their next contest comes on Wednesday afternoon at home, as the Owls retake Applebee Field and square off with Swarthmore. That game is slated for a 4:30 PM start on Bryn Mawr's campus on Wednesday, April 4th.