BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a perfect day for lacrosse earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field, where the Owls were finally back in action on their home turf after a long four-game road portion of their schedule. Bryn Mawr welcomed Gettysburg to campus, and despite facing off against the 2nd-ranked team in the country, the Owls put on quite an impressive showing in today's contest. Jenna Van Holten tallied two goals on the day, and a third from Kylie Woo meant that Bryn Mawr scored their most goals against the Bullets in a single game since 2009. Claire Hampton tallied seven saves for the Owls in her first career matchup against the Bullets. Gettysburg ultimately claimed a 24-3 victory on the day, but the Owls still came off the field with plenty of positives on their side after the strong effort.
It was the Bullets who got off to a fast start, as one of the most potent offenses in the country flexed its muscle with two goals in the first minute of play. In fact, Gettysburg would jump out to a 7-0 lead in the first five minutes, but Bryn Mawr maintained composure and kept their energy up, and that paid off with a goal for the Owls just over five minutes into play.
On the draw after Gettysburg's previous goal, it was first-year Kylie Woo who made a great effort to outrace a Bullets player and get control of the ball. The New York native raced into the offensive zone and, after waiting for the play to develop for a few seconds, made a quick cut around her defender and inside the eight-meter area. Woo then ripped such a great shot on goal that Gettysburg's goalkeeper, who is currently the top-ranked goalkeeper in all of NCAA Division III lacrosse in terms of save percentage, couldn't even get a piece of it. The ball sailed high into the cage, getting Bryn Mawr their first goal of the game.
Gettysburg responded with a goal of their own just 26 seconds later, but Bryn Mawr answered right back with another goal just minutes later. This time it came in transition, starting with a big save from Hampton on a very difficult shot to stop. The freshman netminder did well to get a stick on the Gettysburg effort, and then Ashley Pyo came up with the loose ball and started the clear. Around midfield, the Owls worked the ball into the stick of Jenna Van Holten, and she did the rest of the work. The first-year midfielder raced into the offensive zone and, with no defender coming to stop ball, continued into the eight-meter area. Gettysburg tried to collapse their defense and stop Van Holten, but the strong midfielder cut deftly in between three defenders and got in close to goal, where she ripped another shot towards the cage. Once again, Gettysburg's top goalkeeper could do nothing with the shot as it rocketed past her and into the netting to give Bryn Mawr their second goal of the game. Coincidentally, in the end the Bullets' keeper earned the win, but managed just one save on three Owls shots.
After that strong run of play from the Owls, the Bullets were able to lock down defensively for a bit and get back in the scoring column themselves, ultimately running out to an 11-goal advantage. However, Bryn Mawr had one more rally in the bag, and it came with just over eight minutes left to play in the first half. Once again, it all started with a strong defensive play from the Owls back line, this time with Ryan Griffin causing a turnover. Van Holten came up with the ground ball, and ultimately the Owls worked their way into the offensive zone. After running through their offense, Bryn Mawr got the ball back onto the stick of Van Holten, who sliced inside the arc and promptly drew a foul. That earned the first-year midfielder a free position shot, and she made sure to capitalize on the opportunity. Van Holten sprinted in on the cage and got a good angle for a low shot, firing the ball into the netting and giving Bryn Mawr their third goal of the game. With that second tally, Van Holten became just the second Owls player two score multiple goals in a game against Gettysburg since 2009.
Gettysburg would hold the Owls scoreless over the remaining 38 minutes of play, ultimately claiming a 24-3 win on the day. Thirteen different players tallied goals for the Bullets, led by three from Maria Nemeth.
Bryn Mawr will be right back in action next week with their final road game of the season, as the Owls will travel to Haverford on Wednesday. The Bi-Co rivals will face off at 7:00 PM under the lights on Haverford's campus.