BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team was back in action Saturday for their final contest of the 2018 season, as the Owls welcomed McDaniel to Applebee Field for one last Centennial Conference tilt in 2018. With neither side able to qualify for the conference tournament, the two teams were playing for pride on this day, but the effort level of both sides still made for a very competitive and exciting contest. The Owls were also celebrating the careers of their three seniors, Elena Broderick, Nora Broderick, and Nam Nguyen. McDaniel got off to a hot start in the game, but Bryn Mawr roared back in the second half with plenty of scoring opportunities of their own. However, it was just a little too late, as McDaniel was able to hang on in the end and claim a 19-4 victory.
The Green Terror came into the contest with the two top-scoring players in the Centennial Conference, and that duo immediately showed off their goalscoring abilities by tallying three goals in the first five minutes of play. That sparked a solid first half for the visitors, who scored 12 more times and held Bryn Mawr to just three shots in the half en route to a 15-0 lead at the halftime break.
Head coach Kelly Barnes must have given her squad some inspired words in the halftime huddle, though, because Bryn Mawr came out like a brand new team for their final half of the season. The Owls played a much more active, high pressure defense, the team was much more vocal, and the energy level was high for the entire final 30 minutes of play. That led to some great offensive chances for the Owls, starting just two minutes into the half. After a McDaniel goal, the Green Terror also won the ensuing draw, but an immediate turnover led to a ground ball for Bryn Mawr's Jenna Van Holten. The Owls freshman was able to clear her own zone and get the ball into the offensive end, where it ultimately ended up in the stick of Kylie Woo. The New York native made a great cut past her defender and fired a shot past the McDaniel goalkeeper and into the net, sparking an energetic celebration from the Owls sideline as Bryn Mawr got on the scoreboard.
Just less than ten minutes later, Woo would strike again. This time, another McDaniel turnover in the midfield led to a ground ball for senior Elena Broderick. She was able to gain entry into the offensive zone, where the Owls worked the ball to the left of the cage on the stick of Ariela Levitt. Woo made a fantastic cut down the right of the eight-meter area, where Levitt found her wide open with a great pass. Woo caught the ball and fired a shot just inside the crossbar all in one motion, doubling her tally on the day. Just four minutes later, Kendall Derber got in on the action with a goal of her own. The play was almost an exact repeat of Bryn Mawr's previous goal, this time with Maeve Donnelly serving as the sparkplug for the play. The tall first-year attacker drew a lot of attention on the low left side of the cage, and Derber's great cut down the middle and toward the front of the cage went unnoticed. Donnelly found her teammate with a great hard pass and Derber was able to redirect the ball into the back of the net for Bryn Mawr's third goal of the day.
With less than two minutes to play in the game, and the season, Woo would complete her hat trick on another great play from the Bryn Mawr offense. Once again Donnelly drew the attention of her defenders, finding Woo cutting down the center of the eight-meter area. Woo would slice past one more defender and get a great chance in alone on goal that she did not miss. With the goal, she netted her fourth hat-trick of the season. She and Donnelly each closed out the season as Bryn Mawr's leading goalscorers with 23 goals apiece. That four-outburst in the second half was also a result of some great play from the Owls' defense, who caused more turnovers and collected more ground balls than their opponents in the second half. Ultimately though, McDaniel was just barely able to match Bryn Mawr goal-for-goal in that second half, and the Green Terror eventually came away with the 19-4 victory on the day.
The Owls will certainly miss the leadership and maximum effort they got from their three seniors over the course of their careers, but this season has certainly been a great foundational year for the program. Bryn Mawr is poised to return every single goalscorer from this season, including a freshman class that scored 87% of Bryn Mawr's goals this season. That plus a goalkeeper with a year of experience under her belt and a strong back line and midfield should make for an even more exciting campaign in 2019!