GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - The Owls lacrosse team finally got some great spring weather for one of their games this season, as Bryn Mawr hit the road for a non-conference faceoff with Gwynedd Mercy on a beautiful Thursday evening. Unfortunately, it was the Griffins whose offense caught fire first on the warm night, as the hosts scored the first nine goals of the game to get out to an early lead. Bryn Mawr did a great job of staying in the game and battling back, but there just wasn't enough time for the Owls to complete the comeback. Ultimately, Gwynedd Mercy held off a late Bryn Mawr charge to take the win in 17-6 fashion.
After the Griffins' hot start, where they scored nine goals in the opening 17 minutes, Bryn Mawr got right back to work chipping away at their deficit. It was Maeve Donnelly who got the Owls their first goal of the game, providing an immediate response to Gwynedd Mercy's previous goal with a tally of her own less than a minute later. Elicie Edmond won the draw off that score, and ultimately the Owls worked the ball into the stick of Kendall Derber. The junior captain made a great feed to Donnelly, and Bryn Mawr's leading scorer on the season knew exactly what to do with the ball, putting it in the back of the net to get the Owls on the board.
Gwynedd Mercy momentarily got the momentum back on their side with two goals after that, but Bryn Mawr answered back with a pair of goals of their own. First, Donnelly doubled up on her tally on the night, scoring an unassisted goal with just under nine minutes to go in the half. Then, fellow first-year Kylie Woo got on the scoresheet with a nice move in front of the cage for her 17th goal of the season. In the second half, it was first-year Jenna Van Holten who got in on the scoring action, tallying her first goal of the season just over six minutes into the half. The Owls would score twice more late in the game, with Donnelly completing her hat trick and Woo netting her brace, both on unassisted goals with less than two minutes to play. Unfortunately, that would not be enough to get the W, as Gwynedd Mercy held on for the 17-6 win.
The Owls will now get back into Centennial Conference play for their final five games of the spring, starting with a road trip to Washington College this weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel down to the eastern shore of Maryland to take on the Shorewomen this Saturday, with the teams set to face off at 1:00 PM in Chestertown.