By Mengyu Liu
The Bryn Mawr lacrosse team hosted Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday, March 30. The weather was still cool for a spring day but both Mawrters and athletes from Franklin and Marshall College were well-prepared and high-spirited. After a series of warm-ups and a salute to the American flag with the Star-Spangled Banner, Mawrters from the lacrosse team gathered and cheered each other up for the upcoming match.
As the referee blew the whistle to start the game, Mawrters were ready to defend the first attack from Franklin & Marshall. Katherine Magner ’14 stole the ball from the Diplomats and passed it to Natalie Chrismer ’12. They performed great teamwork but Franklin & Marshall grabbed the ball and set out a new attack immediately after. Although the second attack from Franklin & Marshall was rather fierce and their teamwork strong, Chrismer and Callie Jensen ‘11 did a great job as defenders and held back the attack from the Diplomats.
Approximately four minutes after the game started, Franklin & Marshall scored their first point. Mawrters were not deterred by the small gap. Attackers who were waiting outside the fan of the Bryn Mawr team yelled out loud to cheer their teammates on. Franklin & Marshall managed another attack after the game restarted but the ball was caught firmly by Kate Flaming ’12, the goalkeeper of Bryn Mawr College.
Two minutes after the first goal, athletes from Franklin & Marshall gained another point. Hannah Lehman ’13 and Zoe Pond-McPherson ’12 carefully watched over the offenders when Franklin and Marshall set out again after the restart. Eight minutes after the game started, Mawrters got a chance to place an attack and successfully threatened the Franklin & Marshall team. Gabby Marangell ’12 stole the ball from the offenders and passed it quickly to Chrismer who later made several fabulous pass-and-go with Mae Carlson ’12.
The first goal from Bryn Mawr came in the last three minutes. Thanks to the foul of an athlete from Franklin & Marshall, Marangell seized the chance and started an attack. After passing the ball to Jensen, Miranda Gordon-Zigel ’12, Magner regained the ball and scored the first goal for the Owls.
With excellent individual competence and teamwork, Franklin & Marshall scored eight points in the first half. Nevertheless, Mawrters were not down in the dumps by the gap between the scores. Bryn Mawr athletes took the ten-minute break to discuss further strategy and take a rest to be well-prepared for the second half of the game.
The Franklin & Marshall lacrosse team was rather competitive, having already won eight games in the new season. However, Mawrters did their utmost to compete, run, cooperate and enjoy the game. Marangell did a good job in offending and continued her success in the second half, scoring another point for the team almost twenty minutes after the start of the second half. The game ended with a score of 2-19 between Bryn Mawr and Franklin & Marshall.
Although the game was not perfect for the Bryn Mawr lacrosse team, they played hard against the opponents and showed great competence. Mawrters on the lacrosse team are busy preparing and looking forward to the upcoming match in Ursinus this Saturday.