BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls lacrosse team hosted their home finale earlier Wednesday afternoon on Applebee Field, as the Owls welcomed Bi-Co rivals Haverford to campus. Bryn Mawr got off to a fast start against the Fords, scoring the opening goal of the afternoon. The Owls would go on to score their most goals against Haverford since the 2016 season. However, the Fords put together a quality offensive attack, particularly in the first half, en route to a 19-5 win in the contest. Sidney Bachrach led the way for the Owls with two goals on the night. Haverford used a four-goal performance from Allie Gibbons to ultimately take home the win.
Bachrach got the Owls off to a fantastic start with a goal just 35 seconds into the action. Isabel Shin controlled the ball on the right wing looking for a cutter, and Bachrach did a great job of floating loose from her defender. She moved slowly from right in front of the cage towards the top of the eight-meter arc, and Shin found her all alone at that spot. Bachrach cleanly caught the feed, took a quick step towards the cage, and fired the ball past the outstretched stick of Fords keeper Amelia Slade and into the top right corner, putting Bryn Mawr up 1-0 early.
Haverford went on to score seven straight goals to wrestle away control of the contest. However, Bryn Mawr continued to battle, keeping their heads up and staying with the gameplan. Ultimately, their efforts paid off, as Bryn Mawr took advantage of a player-up opportunity to get on the board again. This time it was Sierra Hamilton who struck for Bryn Mawr, earning a free position shot and capitalizing on the opportunity to get the Owls their second goal. Just 90 seconds later, the Owls struck again, this time off the stick of Shin. The first-year cut right from the top of the arc, gaining a step on her defender as she headed towards the cage. That one step was all Shin needed, as she fired a shot from range that rocketed into the top right corner of the cage for another Bryn Mawr goal.
After two goals from Haverford in response, Bryn Mawr cashed in another goal of their own. Kylie Woo made a sharp move around her own defender, cutting straight down the center towards the cage. She fired a quick shot just inside the right post, getting the Owls back within five at a 9-4 scoreline. However, Haverford scored six straight goals to wrap up the half and claim a 15-4 halftime lead.
Once again, Bryn Mawr got the second half off to a very fast start with another goal just a few minutes in. Bachrach netted her second of the game, converting a free position opportunity from the left wing by cutting around an onrushing defender and ripping a shot inside the far post. Unfortunately, that would be the final tally of the game for the Owls, as things really slowed down in the second half. The Fords ran a lot of clock in the second frame, running down the possession clock on every opportunity they got before working their offense late. That ultimately led to just four more Fords goals in the game, as the visitors wrapped up their 19-5 win.
Bryn Mawr will close out their 2019 campaign this weekend with a trip to McDaniel. Gametime in western Maryland is slated for 1:00 PM.