BALTIMORE, Md. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team was back on the field earlier Thursday afternoon, as the Owls played their first road game of the season. Bryn Mawr traveled down to Maryland to face off against Goucher College, and the Owls put together a strong first half to take a lead into the break. However, the Gophers' offense exploded in the second half, with the hosts at one point rattling off ten straight goals midway through the period. Bryn Mawr did chip away at the deficit late in the game, but it would not prove to be enough, as the Gophers ultimately handed the Owls their first loss of the year by a score of 17-12. Five different players scored two goals on the day for Bryn Mawr, with Isabel Shin leading the way with two goals and two assists. Jessica Calloway made 20 saves for Bryn Mawr in a strong effort in the cage. Shannon Stull was the sparkplug for the Gophers, as she racked up five goals and two assists to lead the hosts to victory.
First-year attacker Nina Houri got the Owls offense going less than three minutes into the game, as she scored an unassisted goal to put Bryn Mawr up 1-0. However, Goucher immediately tied the game up 18 seconds later, and then went on to take a 2-1 lead ten minutes into the first half.
The Owls responded well to that first deficit though. Houri scored her second goal of the game at the 15-minute mark on a great feed from Shin, and that got Bryn Mawr's offense moving. Sidney Bachrach scored for the Owls a few minutes later on another assist from Shin, and then after a Goucher goal, Rebecca Long tallied a free position goal to put Bryn Mawr ahead 4-3. Kylie Woo and Shin backed that up with goals of their own before Goucher scored once again. However, Maeve Donnelly ensured that the half would end on a high note, as she took a clear from Amirah Hewitt and bulldozed her way to the front of the cage for a goal that gave Bryn Mawr a 7-4 lead at the half.
Goucher scored the opening goal of the second frame less than a minute in, but Bryn Mawr still had things under control. The Owls locked down on defense for the next several minutes, allowing them to build their lead once again thanks to goals from Sierra Hamilton and Donnelly. That gave Bryn Mawr a 9-5 lead with 25 minutes to play in the game, but unfortunately, the visitors could not make that advantage stand up. Goucher ran off a string of ten unanswered goals over the next 14 minutes, ultimately turning a four-point deficit into a 15-9 lead.
Bryn Mawr tried to build a response and get back within striking distance, and they were able to chip away at their deficit thanks to back-to-back goals from Hamilton and Shin. Goucher put another ball in the back of the cage, but Kylie Woo scored a goal on a free position shot with under a minute to go to give the Owls some hope once again. However, there simply wasn't enough time left to complete the comeback, and Goucher ultimately closed the game with one more goal to seal their 17-12 victory.
The Owls will be back in action on their home turf next week. Bryn Mawr will look to start another winning streak when they take on Cedar Crest next Wednesday, with gametime on Applebee Field slated for 4:30 PM.