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Lions fall in home opener to Neumann 2-1

Lions fall in home opener to Neumann 2-1

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Bryn Athyn College field hockey team thought it had tied up its home opener against Neumann University as time expired at the end of the second half. However, the bounce of a ball drew the referee's whistle and waved the equalizer off leaving the Lions one goal shy of overtime in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Knights on General Ronald K. Nelson Field.

Payton Boler put Bryn Athyn's (0-2) 11th and final penalty corner in play with 11 seconds on the clock. Boler would get the ball back and find a wide-open Bri Lennox at the right post. Lennox slammed the ball into the back of the net as the clock hit zero thinking the game would be going to overtime. The official would quickly nullify the goal, having ruled that the ball hit Lennox's feet prior to Lennox scoring the goal.

Neumann (1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 first-half advantage on goals by Sam Picker at 15:06 and Kelly Rodgers just over 12 minutes later.

Kyla Rogers pulled the Lions within one with 5:11 left in the first half as she received a pass on a penalty corner and dribbled through the Knight defense before scoring her first goal of the year.

Bryn Athyn got off to a strong offensive start in the second half, earning five penalty corners in the opening 6:16. After that, the game took a defensive turn as Neumann took five shots and Bryn Athyn had one.

Shelly Drucker stopped 10 shots for the Lions, giving her back-to-back games with a double-digit save total for the first time in her career. She made eight saves in the first half. Lizzie Yu had one save in each half for the Knight.

The Lions continue their five-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 9 against New England College at 1 p.m.