BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team was back on their home turf earlier Saturday afternoon for another contest against a nationally ranked Centennial Conference opponent. This time, the Owls welcomed #23 Washington College to campus for a league tilt, and despite the tough test, it was a day that saw Bryn Mawr continually find ways to score against the solid Shorewomen defense. The Owls battled back from a tough early start to put up a 10-spot on Washington College, with six different players scoring for Bryn Mawr. Isabel Shin led the way with three goals on the day, while Kylie Woo and Elicie Edmond each added two more. Jessica Calloway made 14 saves in the cage for Bryn Mawr as well. Washington College did ultimately hang on for the win, as their own attackers were able to create enough offensive chances to allow the visitors to claim a 21-10 victory on the day.
The visitors ran out to a quick six-goal lead in the opening five minutes of play, with Lauren Brenner netting the first two tallies of the game for the Shorewomen. However, Bryn Mawr was able to strike back on the next possession, as Woo collected the draw and got the Owls into the zone. She ultimately fired a shot that went high of the cage, but Bryn Mawr maintained possession, and Isabel Shin made a fantastic run around her defender with the possession clock winding down. She cut across the mouth of the goal to the right and fired the ball back across her body and into the top left corner of the cage to get the home team on the board.
The two sides traded a goal apiece over the next couple of minutes, with Bryn Mawr's coming from Sidney Bachrach. After setting up in the Washington College zone, the Owls worked the ball to Nina Houri below the goalline to the left of the cage. Bachrach caught her defender napping and made a speedy cut from the top of the eight meter area straight down towards the cage. Houri found her with a sharp pass, and Bachrach collected and fired into the top left of the cage all in one motion to make it a 7-2 game.
Washington College would score the next five goals in the game to take a 12-2 lead with 8:37 to go in the first half.
However, from that point on for the rest of the game, it was the Owls who took charge and had the better energy. It started with a goal from Edmond on an assist by Kylie Woo with 5:05 to go in the half. Then, just a minute later, Woo tallied herself on a free position shot. The sophomore holds the best FP conversion percentage on the squad, and she didn't miss this opportunity either, shooting low and left to squeeze the ball inside the post and into the back of the cage. Edmond scored again less than a minute later to bring Bryn Mawr back within 12-5, but Washington College scored on a man-up goal a few minutes after that. However, Maeve Donnelly ensured that the Owls went into the break on a high note, as the sophomore attacker brushed off a defensive effort from her marker and fired home a shot from point-blank range to make it a 13-6 game at the half.
The visitors tallied twice out of the break, but first-year attacker Erin Calloway got on the board immediately after that to continue Bryn Mawr's momentum. Donnelly orchestrated that goal as well, working her way low to the right side of the cage and finding Calloway cutting down the right wing inside the eight-meter area. Calloway took the pass and fired across the goal and inside the left post for her third goal of the season.
Washington College scored three straight goals in the ensuing minutes, but Bryn Mawr kept nipping at their heels thanks to another strike from Woo a minute later. After two more goals from the Shorewomen, Isabel Shin got back in on the action, as the first-year scored two of the final three goals of the game. First, she registered an unassisted strike with 11 minutes left to play, and then with 2:35 to go in the game, she converted a free position shot of her own to tally the final goal of the contest.
With that goal, the Owls totalled 10 on the day against the Shorewomen by the time the final horn sounded. That 10-goal outburst is the most Bryn Mawr has scored against a Centennial Conference opponent in 12 years - or 104 games. It is also the most the Owls have scored against Washington College since the 2000 season. Today is also likely one of Bryn Mawr's best-ever statistical performances against a nationally ranked opponent.
Bryn Mawr will look to continue the positive momentum when they get back in action next week. The homestand will continue on Wednesday afternoon, as the Owls will host Haverford College for a 5:00 PM contest against the Fords.