BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a cold and blustery afternoon earlier Wednesday, but that didn't stop the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team from clashing with Tri-Co rival Swarthmore on Applebee Field. The Owls came into the game riding a big wave of positive momentum after their 18-3 rout of Centenary on Saturday afternoon, but Swarthmore also brought their own good vibes thanks to a strong 6-1 start to the season coming into today's clash. Owls goaltender Claire Hampton had a tremendous game, seemingly stopping everything that came her way in a career-best 15 save performance. However, Bryn Mawr's offense was unable to generate enough scoring chances on the attack against a stifling Swarthmore defense, and ultimately the hosts were able to come away with a 14-0 win on the day. Seven different Garnet players scored in the contest, led by four goals from Elizabeth Wainwright.
It was Swarthmore who controlled possession off the opening draw, and the visitors would take the ball right down the field and score just 50 seconds into the game. On the ensuing draw, the Garnet once again took possession and got off a couple of shot attempts as a result, but this time it was Hampton who made the plays, getting her stick on the shot both times to keep the Garnet within one. Bryn Mawr grabbed the loose ball after the second save and cleared the ball downfield and into the offensive zone, where they finally got a chance to run some offense of their own. However, Swarthmore immediately put a stop to that by forcing a turnover and coming back the other way. Once again Hampton made a great save on another shot in close, but eventually the ball made its way to the stick of Wainwright again, where she tallied her second goal of the game to double the Garnet's lead. Swarthmore would then score again just 18 seconds later to make it 3-0 just over five minutes into the game. By the 19-minute mark, the visitors had increased their lead to 5-0, including Wainwright completing her hat-trick with her third goal of the game.
The Owls were finally able to execute some offense of their own midway through the first half, as another strong save from Hampton led to a breakout for Bryn Mawr and a chance to set up shop in the offensive zone. Ultimately, a foul led to a free position shot for Jenna Van Holten, who was playing in just her second game this season after coming back from an early season injury. Van Holten made a great fake and then let loose with a hard shot, but Swarthmore's Betsy Cohen was able to make a solid save to keep the Owls off the board. Bryn Mawr would get their next good look with less than a minute to go in the contest, this time off the stick of Maeve Donnelly. However, once again the Swarthmore netminder was able to get just enough of the ball to deflect it away from danger. Ultimately, despite a strong effort from the Owls, the Garnet took a 12-0 lead to the halftime break.
Bryn Mawr had a much better go of it in the second half on both sides of the ball. Hampton continued to make strong stops in the cage, holding Swarthmore to just two more goals in the second half. On the other side of the field, the shots started coming in bunches for the Owls. Nora Broderick had the first good look for Bryn Mawr, taking a nice pass from a teammate and racing in alone on the cage. However, backup goalkeeper Lily Fornof continued the trend of Swarthmore netminders making good stops, as she was able to get a piece of Broderick's shot and knock it just wide. Later, Van Holten had three straight shot attempts, but Fornof saved the first two and the third sailed just wide of the post. Kylie Woo, one of the Owls' leading scorers this season, had the last good scoring opportunity for Bryn Mawr, but she too was unable to get her shot past Fornof, and ultimately the visitors held Bryn Mawr in check and claimed a 14-0 victory on the day.
The Owls won't have to wait long to try and erase the taste of today's tough loss, as they will be right back in action on Saturday. However, that test will likely be equally as tough, as Bryn Mawr will kick off a four-game road trip with a journey to Franklin & Marshall, the tenth-ranked team in the country currently. The Owls will certainly be up for the challenge, and that game is slated to start at 12:00 PM in Lancaster this weekend.