CAMDEN, N.J. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team traveled over to New Jersey earlier Thursday evening for what turned out to be quite the barn-burner against Rutgers-Camden. The Owls held a comfortable lead for a good portion of the contest, but the Scarlet Raptors made it a tight affair late in the game. However, late goals from Rebecca Long and Elicie Edmond and some stellar defending and goalkeeping in the waning minutes ultimately preserved a thrilling 16-15 victory for Bryn Mawr on the night. Kylie Woo had a fantastic night offensively for the Owls, leading the way with five goals and an assist in the contest. Jessica Calloway came up huge on multiple occasions in the cage for the Owls, as she racked up 14 saves in the winning effort.
Rutgers-Camden jumped out to an early lead in the contest thanks to a goal just over three minutes into the game, but the Owls responded in force. Woo got things started just a minute later on a great individual run to the cage. Then, Sidney Bachrach gave Bryn Mawr their first lead of the night, taking a fantastic feed from classmate Nina Houri and putting the ball in the back of the cage to make it a 2-1 game.
Elicie Edmond doubled up the Owls' advantage just seconds later on another unassisted goal, but then the Scarlet Raptors stormed back in front on five unanswered goals. However, Bryn Mawr stayed calm and stuck with their gameplan, and that patience paid off over the remaining ten minutes of the first half. The Owls began to dominate possession over that stretch, peppering the Rutgers-Camden cage with shots, and that pressure finally started to cause some cracks in the hosts' defenses. Maeve Donnelly was the first to strike, bringing the Owls within 4-6 on an unassisted goal. Isabel Shin was next up, taking a pass from Sierra Hamilton and firing home to get Bryn Mawr within one. Then Woo went on a tear, scoring three of Bryn Mawr's next four goals to give the visitors a 9-6 lead. She then assisted on a sweet goal by Houri, and then Hamilton tallied as time expired in the first half, stunning the home crowd and handing Bryn Mawr a strong 11-6 advantage headed into halftime.
The hosts began the process of trying to chip away at their deficit in the early stages of the second half, scoring two goals in the first ten minutes to climb back within three. Another goal from Edmond helped start a mini-rally from the Owls, as the Woo won the ensuing draw, raced into the offensive zone, and scored again just 14 seconds later to restore Bryn Mawr to their five goal lead. Then, just a few minutes later, Amirah Hewitt scored her first collegiate goal, bumping Bryn Mawr's lead up to 14-8 with less than 15 minutes to go in the game.
However, there was still plenty of fight left in the hosts, as Rutgers-Camden put together an immediate four goal response over less than five minutes to tighten the game right back up. Bryn Mawr once again remained calm and never broke under the pressure, and that resulted in two key goals to swing the momentum back in the Owls' favor. Long was able to earn a free position shot by drawing a foul in the eight-meter area, and the first-year capitalized on that important opportunity by slotting home a well-placed shot. Then, after almost four scoreless minutes and with the clock ticking under five minutes to go, Hamilton tallied what would become a momentous goal for the Owls, scoring unassisted to give Bryn Mawr a 16-12 advantage.
Rutgers-Camden had one last charge in them, however, as the hosts immediately responded with three goals over the next three minutes. That left the hosts with just over a minute left to find the equalizer, and they had several strong chances to do so. The Scarlet Raptors won an important draw and raced to get the ball into the offensive zone. Ultimately, they were able to get two shots off, both of which were on cage and would have knotted the game up, but Calloway made a pair of lightning fast reactions to parry the shots away. Kendall Derber earned a massive ground ball on that second effort, and with that, Bryn Mawr was able to clear their zone and run out the rest of the clock for a massive 16-15 win on the night.
With the win, the Owls have gone 5-1 in their non-conference contests this season, and they move back to .500 on the year. They'll look to carry the momentum from tonight's huge victory into Saturday, when they get back in action at home against Washington College. Gametime for that Centennial Conference tilt is slated for 1:00 PM on Applebee Field.