BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls lacrosse squad has been on a tear so far to open 2019, and even a solid challenge from Gwynedd Mercy earlier Wednesday afternoon couldn't slow Bryn Mawr down. First-year phenom Isabel Shin continued her impressive debut as an Owl, as the attacker tallied six goals and added three assists on the day to help the Owls rally from an early deficit and claim an overwhelming 23-16 victory. The nine-point effort ties Shin for ninth all-time in a single game in program history. Perhaps even more impressive, Bryn Mawr's 33 total points are tied with just one other game for the most points in a single game, and the Owls 23 goals are the second-most in a single game in recorded program history. Elicie Edmond added another five goals for Bryn Mawr, while Sierra Hamilton, Kendall Derber, Kylie Woo, and Maeve Donnelly each also scored multiple times in the contest. Jessica Calloway also had a fantastic day in the cage for Bryn Mawr, making 15 strong saves and singlehandedly shutting down a handful of Gwynedd Mercy scoring chances at key times in the game.
Gwynedd Mercy tallied the opening goal of the contest 3:35 into the game, but Bryn Mawr answered back on a nice goal from Kylie Woo on a free position shot. The visitors jumped ahead once more just moments later, with Victoria Braeunle scoring on an eight-meter shot of her own. However, Elicie Edmond scored her first goal of the game just a minute-and-a-half later, and then Shin struck for the first time a minute after that. The first-year attacker rocketed a sharp angle shot from the left high into the cage, putting the Owls up 3-2.
Maeve Donnelly kept the offense rolling for the Owls, as she scored her first of the game just 16 seconds later on a free position shot. Another goal from Edmond on a free position shot bumped Bryn Mawr's advantage up to 5-2. Gwynedd Mercy was able to take advantage of a Bryn Mawr yellow card in the minutes after that score, tallying a goal of their own on a free position shot to climb back within two. Shin scored once more to momentarily re-extend Bryn Mawr's lead, but back-to-back goals from the visitors cut the Owls' advantage to just one goal. The two sides traded goals over the next five minutes, but then Bryn Mawr put their foot down and took a stranglehold on the game.
Sierra Hamilton got the action started with yet another free position shot with just over five minutes left in the first half. Then, with just 2:45 to play in the half, Bryn Mawr put together a run of four goals before halftime. Kendall Derber got that run going, taking a fantastic feed from Nina Houri and firing the ball high into the cage to make it a 9-6 Bryn Mawr advantage. Then Hamilton went to work in the offensive zone, starting by setting up Shin's third goal of the game. A minute later, Hamilton put home another goal of her own, and then with the clock winding down in the half, she made yet another fantastic pass to find Houri streaking towards the cage for her first goal of the night. With that outburst, the hosts took a commanding 12-6 lead into the halftime break.
The stoppage seemed to give Gwynedd Mercy a chance to catch their breath and try to put together some sort of plan to get back in the game. Bryn Mawr scored the first goal of the second half, an excellently placed shot from Woo on another assist by Shin. However, Gwynedd Mercy scored three of the next four goals in the game to trim their deficit back down to five with 20 minutes to go in the game.
A sudden offensive drought then struck the game, as both sides went scoreless for almost six minutes in the contest. Rebecca Long broke that stretch, as she made a great individual effort to earn her first goal of the night. Elicie Edmond followed that up with another goal of her own to put the Owls back up by seven. However, Gwynedd Mercy replied with two goals of their own off the stick of Samantha Brown, trimming their deficit back to five with just under ten minutes to go in the game.
However, the Owls offense simply would not be contained on this afternoon. Bryn Mawr struck back with a relentless precision, putting together a backbreaking streak of five straight goals to choke off any remaining hopes for the Griffins. Derber and Edmond got that run started with two unassisted goals just 30 seconds apart from each other. Then, Shin registered her fifth goal of the night on a free position shot after a Gwynedd Mercy green card. Edmond tallied again soon after, taking a feed from Donnelly and putting the ball in the back of the cage. Then Erin Calloway got on the board, with the first-year converting a nice pass from Shin into the Owls' 22nd goal of the day. Gwynedd Mercy rallied somewhat in the final three minutes, scoring four goals of their own, but one last tally from Shin was enough to help Bryn Mawr easily seal the deal and coast away with the 23-16 victory.
With the win, the Owls move to 4-2 on the season, and they'll look to carry all the positive momentum from their recent hot streak into this weekend's contest at home. Bryn Mawr will welcome Dickinson to campus on Saturday for their first Centennial Conference home game of the season. Gametime on Saturday is slated for 1:00 PM on Applebee Field.