Owls Perplex Bears With Strong Defensive Showing

Owls Perplex Bears With Strong Defensive Showing

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team played one of their best games of the season earlier Wednesday on Applebee Field. For almost the entire first half, the Owls completely confused and shut down the attacking efforts of Centennial Conference foes Ursinus. Bryn Mawr also got a beautiful goal from Kendall Derber as well. However, the Bears finally snapped out of their hibernation and ultimately would go on to win in a contest that felt much closer than the final score showed.

Bryn Mawr was near-perfect defensively right from the start, breaking up passes and forcing turnovers all over the field. The Owls played tight to their opponents, closing down passing lanes and forcing shots from terrible angles. Meanwhile, Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Katie Alpert stood on her head once again, cleaning up any attack that made it through the Owls' stalwart defense. It took Ursinus almost eight minutes and a few lucky bounces just to get on the scoreboard, with Franny Liberatoscioli scoring the opener, her 20th straight game with a goal. Ursinus would work hard to get another look on the cage, finally tallying again with 17:52 to play in the half. However, Bryn Mawr was still completely in charge defensively, with Ursinus not able to run through their offense the way they had planned at all. Ultimately, the Bears were forced into an early timeout with 13:50 to play in the half, clearly frustrated by Bryn Mawr's dominant defensive performance.

Alpert continued to be a huge cog in the Owls' efforts, making ridiculous save after ridiculous save. It didn't matter whether Ursinus altered their shooting, tried to go high or low, or even shot faked. Alpert was all over seemingly every shot. That was evident in a two-minute stretch that saw Ursinus take six shots, with none making their way into the netting. Alpert ultimately tallied 23 saves on the afternoon, her second-most in a single game all season. That also moves her career total to 721 saves, thrusting her all the way up the Centennial Conference record book into third place among all-time saves leaders.

The Owls were able to get on the scoreboard themselves in the second half thanks to a tremendous individual effort by Kendall Derber. The sophomore took possession of the ball nearly in her own defensive third and cleared it all the way into the offensive zone. Not satisfied with that result, Derber would ultimately weave her way through four different Ursinus defenders and fire a low show into the cage for her 10th goal of the season. However, Ursinus was finally able to slowly piece together their offense, and the Bears eventually claimed a 14-1 victory.

Bryn Mawr will hit the road on Saturday for their next game, when they travel to Gettysburg for another difficult Centennial matchup. The Bullets are currently ranked third in the nation in Division III lacrosse, and are on a four-game win streak after handing Dickinson their first conference loss earlier this afternoon. Saturday's game is slated to start at 1:00 PM in Gettysburg.