LA PLUME, Pa. -- The Bryn Athyn College women's lacrosse team ended the regular season with a 12-11 overtime loss to Colonial States Athletic Conference foe Keystone Wednesday afternoon.
Despite the loss, Bryn Athyn, who ended the regular season at 8-4 overall and 7-3 against the CSAC, secured the number two seed for the upcoming conference tournament. The Lions will play host to the third-seeded College of Notre Dame (Md.) in the CSAC Tournament semifinals on Wednesday, May 1 on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.
Keystone completed a 10-0 run through the CSAC schedule and is 11-3 overall. The Giants are the top seed for the CSAC Tournament.
The Lions got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 2-0 in the opening 8:35 on goals by Alex Smith, assisted by Savanna Robinson, and Kayla Bain on a free-position attempt.
The first half turned in Bryn Athyn's favor when Tina Tu scored at the 17:14 mark after receiving a pass from Bri Lennox. The Tu goal—the first of two—sparked a dominating 7-0 run that saw Bryn Athyn take a five-goal lead into halftime, 7-2.
Payton Gormley scored the first of her three goals at 16:32 to level the score at two and Tu's second goal just about six minutes later. The Lions recorded four of their seven first-half goals in the final 4:09 of the half. Gormley got the surge started and was followed up by a Rose Glass with 3:04 left in the half. Bri Lennox got into the goal column with two goals in the final 1:56.
After Nisa Cortes drew the host Giants back within 7-3 just 46 seconds into the second half, Lennox and Gormley recorded back-to-back unassisted goals to give Bryn Athyn a game-high six-goal lead. Then, Keystone ran off five straight goals—three by Robinson--to cut the Bryn Athyn advantage to 9-8 with 13:18 left.
Lennox briefly halted Keystone's momentum with her fourth goal of the afternoon at the 11:02 mark to widen the gap 10-8. Cortes and Lennox would trade goals to make the score 11-9 with 7:04 left to play. It was Lennox's fifth goal of the day.
Robinson scored on a free-position shot with 97 seconds to go to make it a one-goal contest. Keystone won the ensuing draw control, but a Bain shot got denied by Bryn Athyn goalie Sarah Smith. Bryn Athyn would be unable to successfully clear the ball and gave the Giants two cracks at the net. The first shot by Robinson would be high and a follow-up shot by Cortes went wide.
The Giants' Jackie Martin would be awarded a free-position shot with six seconds left and converted the opportunity to send the game to overtime.
In the overtime, there were two shots on goal—both by Keystone. On the second shot of the extra session, Martin completed her hat trick with another free-position goal, this one coming 63 seconds after the opening draw control.
Chantal Farmer assisted on three Bryn Athyn goals, and added three caused turnovers, three ground balls, and two draw controls. Sarah Reed led the defense with six caused turnovers and two ground balls. Shauna Breen recorded seven ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Jissed Rosero racked up five caused turnovers and four ground balls.
In addition to her four goals and two assists, Robinson had six caused turnovers, five draw controls, and five ground balls.
Smith finished with a career-high 11 saves for Bryn Athyn. The Giants' Daphne Leenas stopped 10 shots.