BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a frigid day on Applebee Field earlier Saturday afternoon, but that didn't stop the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team from catching fire. For the second game in a row the Owls tallied over 15 goals, as Bryn Mawr turned an early close game into a runaway 18-3 victory over Wilkes. Kylie Woo and Sloan Johnson each registered hat-tricks on the day for Bryn Mawr, while first-year Meghan O'Shea lit up the scoresheet with two goals of her own alongside four assists. Wilkes got scoring from three different players, but it wasn't enough to match the intensity of the Bryn Mawr attack.
The Owls jumped on the board first, as Nina Houri got the scoring started just a minute into the game. Amirah Hewitt really got the scoring play started, as the sophomore caused a Wilkes turnover with a nice interception and then showcased some terrific speed to clear the ball all the way into the offensive end. Just seconds later, Isabel Shin found Houri cutting in towards the cage, and the sophomore took the pass and fired the ball home to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 advantage. Wilkes struck right back just seconds later, though, as Domenica Lerch fired home a shot on an assist by Ashley Burkhardt.
A few minutes later, Shin put the Owls back on top, and ultimately for good this time. The sophomore gave Bryn Mawr a 2-1 lead after picking up the rebound of a Jenna Van Holten shot, firing into the open cage to put the Owls back on top. Johnson got her first of the day three minutes later, as the first-year fired home a free position shot to make it a 3-1 lead. Wilkes responded right away with a goal of their own, as Lauren Delamater scored her team-leading 11th of the season to get the Colonels back within one. The visitors would have a chance to tie the game up too, as they won the ensuing draw control. However, Owls first-year Sophie Sangster made a great defensive play seconds later, causing a turnover with a fantastic stick check and then picking up the ground ball to get her team going the other way.
After a nearly ten-minute stretch with no scoring, Bryn Mawr got their offensive going once again thanks to a goal from Rebecca Long. Playing a player down with a yellow card, the Owls were still able to find an attack. Eventually, O'Shea made a fantastic pass to long cutting in towards the cage, and the sophomore scored for her fourth goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Woo added her first goal of the game to make it a 5-2 lead. Johnson added another man-down goal on an assist from Shin a few minutes later. Then, after Wilkes cut the deficit back down to three on a goal from Camryn Devitt, O'Shea strick with her third goal of the season. That sparked a nice rally from the Owls late in the first half that also saw Shin, Woo, Hamilton, and Donnelly score and give Bryn Mawr an 11-3 advantage going into the break.
In the second half, the Owls' performance only became more suffocating. Wilkes was hardly able to gain possession of the ball, and the Colonels began to have a numbers issue as well. Wilkes eventually racked up eight cards in the contest, meaning that by the end of the game, they were down to seven players on the field. That, coupled with the relentless attack from the Owls, led to a lot more offensive opportunities for Bryn Mawr. Sloan Johnson completed her hat-trick just three minutes into the half on another assist from O'Shea. O'Shea would add two more assists later in the half on goals by Donnelly and Houri, and then the first-year added another goal of her own. Donnelly, Van Holten, and Woo each scored one more time in the contest as well, as the Owls ultimately cruised away with an 18-3 win over the Colonels.
Today's result brings the Bryn Mawr record to 2-0, and it is the first time the Owls have started their season with back-to-back wins since 2016. They'll look to make it three in a row - something they haven't done since the start of the 2004 campaign - when they take on Rosemont next week. That game will be the first road test of the 2020 season for the Owls, and it will come on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM.