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Lions through to NEAC semifinals after 17-10 win over Wells

Lions through to NEAC semifinals after 17-10 win over Wells

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – Led by Bri Lennox's nine goals, the Bryn Athyn College women's lacrosse team is through to its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tournament semifinal thanks to a 17-10 victory over Wells College in the first round Tuesday afternoon on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.

Bryn Athyn—who is making its postseason debut—is now 9-3 overall and will take on top-seed and tournament host Morrisville State in the semifinals on Saturday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. in Morrisville, N.Y. The teams recently squared off in the regular season finale on April 28 with the Mustangs defeating the Lions 12-4.

Wells ends the season at 6-5.

Sabrina Colbridge became the first women's lacrosse player in Bryn Athyn history to post 100 career points as she had one goal and three assists to push her over the century mark. She reached the milestone with an assist on the first of two Laura Clymer goals, coming at the 13:34 mark of the opening half. She also added five ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover.

Brenna Sweeney and Chantal Farmer recorded two goals each, while Kyla Rogers scored once. In addition to her two goals, Sweeney had a game- and season-high seven ground balls.

Sarah Reed, Marin Roth, and Gianna Ciacciarelli paced the defensive effort, causing three turnovers apiece. Anja Weisser gave the Lions a solid performance in net she stopped 11 shots and scooping up four ground balls.

With the match level at two, Lennox scored a pair of goals with Clymer's first goal sandwiched in between during a three-goal run that put the Lions back in front 5-2 with 12:12 left in the first half. After Wells closed with one thanks to a pair of free-position goals, Bryn Athyn scored five of the final eight goals of the half to take a 10-7 lead at the end of a half-scoring opening half. Lennox and Sweeney had two goals each, while Rogers added her lone goal.

The teams swapped goals in the opening 10:47 of the second half, capped off by a Wells goal from Mackenzie Maloney to make the score 12-9. Then, the Lions—thanks to three Lennox goals—wore down the Express as they ended the game with a 5-1 surge. Colbridge and Farmer each added a goal.

Maloney was Wells' top offensive player with three goals, four assists, and 12 draw controls. Savanah Connors, Chloe Marcus, and Madi Mawlikis scored two times each. Julia Smith contributed a goal. Anna Bozeat racked up 15 saves for the Express.

The Lions oushot the Express 43-24 and owned a 35-17 advantage in ground balls.