Owls Offense Explodes In Resounding Win Over Cedar Crest

Nina Houri, Isabel Shin, and Rebecca Long celebrate a goal against Notre Dame of Maryland in March of 2019

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls lacrosse team was back on their home turf earlier Wednesday afternoon, looking to pick up another valuable non-conference victory today against Cedar Crest. Bryn Mawr has had plenty of success over the series history with the Falcons, and today's contest followed the trend, as the Owls burst out of the gate with six goals in the opening ten minutes of play to coast to a 19-2 win. Sierra Hamilton, Isabel Shin, Kylie Woo, and Elicie Edmond each scored three goals on the day, with Shin adding three assists to lead Bryn Mawr. Bryn Mawr also caused 21 turnovers on the day in a tremendous defensive effort, helping the Owls maintain possession and rack up the majority of the scoring chances in the contest. Cedar Crest's Allison Churchill put up a valiant effort in the cage, making three saves while her team played man-down the entire way due to injuries.

First-year attacker Nina Houri popped the top on the scoring in the game with a goal just 1:25 into the contest. Shin spun off of a check just to the left of the left post and the found Houri streaking towards the front of the cage from the left wing. Shin found her classmate with a fantastic pass, and Houri used quick hands to receive and then fire the ball into the back of the cage all in one motion, giving the Owls the early lead.

Bryn Mawr would go on to score 12 more unanswered goals over the next 19 minutes, starting with a tally from Shin. The first-year made another great move in front and tallied an unassisted goal to put the Owls up 2-0. Sierra Hamilton was next to get on the board, once again after a beautiful assist from Shin. On the ensuing draw, Elicie Edmond won control and raced downfield to the front of the cage, letting loose with a perfectly directed shot that found the back of the cage for her first goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Shin registered her second unassisted tally of the opening ten minutes, and then it was Kylie Woo's turn to get on the board after a great pass from Edmond.

Edmond and Hamilton would each score their second goals of the game in the ensuing two minutes, and then Rebecca Long joined her classmates with her first goal of the contest on a free position shot from the top of the eight-meter area. Long then went on to assist on another goal from Woo before Maeve Donnelly got on the board on a fantastic assist from Hamilton. The offense continued to percolate over the next several minutes, as Hamilton tallied a free position goal of her own before Donnelly assisted on another goal from Long with just under ten minutes to go in the first half. Cedar Crest finally got a bit of possession of their own over the next minute or so, and that led to the Falcons' first goal of the game with just under seven minutes to go in the half. However, the Owls were only momentarily halted by that proceeding, as Sidney Bachrach got the scoring going once again with a "man-down" free position goal that gave Bryn Mawr a 14-1 lead as the teams headed to halftime.

Bryn Mawr continued to dominate play in the second half, scoring their first goal of the frame just a minute into the resumption of action. Kylie Woo bagged her third goal of the game on a free position shot, with the sophomore expertly placing her effort just inside the bottom left post to get the Owls to 15. Houri followed that up just 1:14 later, as she took a perfectly-weighted pass from Shin, shot-faked her defender, and then ripped a ball into the top left corner of the cage. Cedar Crest momentarily got some offensive action of their own just a few minutes later, with the guests once again scoring a free position goal after an Owls foul. However, nothing would dampen the Bryn Mawr spirits on this day. The Owls scored three more times in the final 20 minutes of the game, including Erin Calloway's first goal of the season. The first-year attacker made a great cut down the center of the eight-meter area and Houri found her wide open in front of the cage. From there, Calloway fired a shot back across her body and inside the left post, getting the Owls to 19 late in the game. That would prove to be the final, as the Owls dominated from start-to-finish in a 19-2 win on the day.

After a great start to the early portion of their season, the Owls will look to keep the positive momentum going as they roll into conference play this weekend. Bryn Mawr will travel up to Muhlenberg on Saturday for their first taste of Centennial Conference action against the Mules, who are 3-2 early on in 2019. Gametime in Allentown is set for 1:00 PM on Saturday.