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Bryn Mawr's Strong Third Quarter Gives Haverford Challenge in Bi-Co Matchup

Camille Franklin

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team welcomed Bi-College rivals Haverford to campus earlier Wednesday afternoon for another Centennial Conference tilt between the two programs. The Fords got off to a strong start in today's contest, but a brilliant third quarter from the Owls made today's contest another positive performance for Bryn Mawr. Roma Hladky led all scorers in today's contest with five goals for the Fords in a 17-6 victory, while Nina Houri led Bryn Mawr with two goals in the game. Elizabeth Tompkins made ten saves in the cage for the Owls.

Haverford jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter, scoring six goals in the first 11 minutes of action to take an early lead. Bryn Mawr weathered the early storm though, fighting through for their first goal of the game with 2:35 to go in the first quarter. After a strong save from Tompkins on a Haverford shot, Bryn Mawr was able to gain possession and clear their own end. After an extended offensive possession, Isabel Shin took control at the top of the circle. Pausing momentarily, Shin was able to spot a fantastic cut from senior attacker Erin Calloway, who had sliced in front of the cage from the right wing. Shin found Calloway with a perfect pass, and Calloway was able to fire a quick shot back across her body and into the back of the cage for Bryn Mawr's first goal of the contest.

Unfortunately for the Owls, that would prove to be their lone goal of the first half. Haverford would score twice more in the first quarter and add on three more goals in the second quarter to take an 11-1 advantage to the halftime break.

However, the Owls stormed back in the third quarter after a rousing halftime huddle. Houri got things started right out of the gate with a goal less than a minute into the frame. Roaring down the field in transition after another save from Tompkins, Maddie Sullivan completed the clear and continued into the right side of the Haverford circle. Houri had evaded any detection coming down the middle of the field, and Sullivan found her wide open running in on the cage. The senior took Sullivan's pass and fired a hard shot into the back of the cage for Bryn Mawr's second goal of the game.

That tally sparked a flurry of goals from the Owls over the rest of the quarter. Camille Franklin would be the next to strike for Bryn Mawr a few minutes later, converting a man-up opportunity by blasting a free position shot into the back of the cage. After Hladky got one back for the Fords with her 45th goal of the season, Houri answered with her second goal of the game less than a minute later off of a feed from Sierra Hamilton. Then Hamilton scored a goal of her own with less than a minute to play in the quarter on a free position attempt, closing out the scoring in the frame and drawing Bryn Mawr back within 12-5 headed into the final quarter of action.

Bryn Mawr climbed even closer with the first goal of the fourth quarter. Sullivan was the goalscorer this time, taking a feed from Orli McGuire-Berk who was behind the cage and scoring just next to the right post to get the hosts back within six. The Owls were unable to complete the rally in the end, however, as Haverford closed out the contest with five straight goals from there to complete the 17-6 victory.

Despite the final result, the Owls still put up their most goals against the Fords since the 2014 season, and they held Haverford to their fewest goals in a contest between the two teams since 2016. The 11-goal margin in today's contest matches the closest a game between these two programs has been since 2008.

Bryn Mawr will be right back in action on Saturday, as they'll head to Dickinson for a matchup against the Red Devils. Game time in Carlisle is slated for 12:00 PM.