BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team got their 2020 campaign kicked off in spectacular fashion earlier Saturday afternoon. After a long three weeks of preseason, the Owls were raring to go on Saturday, and that showed as Bryn Mawr exploded for 19 goals in a big win over Penn State Abington. Rebecca Long and first-year Maya DiFrischia each scored three goals apiece, and nine other players scored as the Owls took the 19-2 win on the day. Three different goaltenders - Jessica Calloway, Elizabeth Tompkins, and Riley Alexander - saw action for Bryn Mawr in the 19-2 victory.
The Owls got on the board just twenty seconds into the contest, as Isabel Shin won the opening draw and found Long streaking into the offensive zone for a one-on-one opportunity with the Nittany Lions' goaltender. Long made a perfect shot, whizzing the ball into the corner of the cage and sparking the onslaught. Bryn Mawr would go on to score two more goals in the first two minutes of the game, both off the stick of junior Jenna Van Holten. Her classmate Kylie Woo tacked on another just a minute later, and then Long found her second of the game on a free position shot just 3:43 into the contest.
Things settled down briefly following the Owls' fifth goal. After several minutes of scoreless action, Penn State Abington got on the board themselves on a man-up goal by Mason Delarso. However, the Owls answered right back just a minute later, as first-year Sloan Johnson netted the first goal of her Bryn Mawr career. Nina Houri got on the board with her first goal of the season just half-a-minute later, and then co-captain Elicie Edmond got on the scoresheet with a low, hard shot a minute after that.
With the Owls holding a 9-1 advantage midway through the first half, Bryn Mawr started to slow things down and run through their offense. The hosts would strike once again with 16:14 to play in the half, as first-year Meghan O'Shea struck on a drive to the cage for her first career goal. After nearly 10 scoreless minutes, Abington got on the board once again thanks to a rocket of a free position shot from Alynn Phelan. The Owls responded just two minutes later though, as first-year Maya DiFrischia and junior Maeve Donnelly recorded back-to-back goals just seconds apart. Sierra Hamilton added one more goal for the Owls on a free position shot before the half ended, giving Bryn Mawr a 13-2 advantage at halftime.
With the big advantage in the second half, the Owls continued to slow down the tempo, run through their offense, and try to maximize their possession. Isabel Shin got Bryn Mawr on the board first in the second half, finding the back of the cage ten minutes into the frame. Long, DiFrischia, Donnelly, and O'Shea would each score goals in the second half as well, and with Tompkins and Alexander pitching a second half shutout, the Owls were easily able to cruise away to the 19-2 win.
The 19 goals in today's game are tied for fourth-most in a game in Owls program history. The Owls also racked up 25 total points in today's game, tied for the tenth-most points in a game in recorded BMC lacrosse history. Along with her pair of goals and assist, Jenna Van Holten also jumped into the top ten in program history, as her nine draw controls are tied for ninth most in a single Owls' game.
Bryn Mawr be back in action next weekend at home as well, as the Owls will welcome Wilkes to campus for another home game. Gametime on Saturday (2/29) is set for 1:00 PM on Applebee Field.