Bryn Mawr swallowed the toughest kind of defeat against visiting Severn Tuesday in Roland Park, losing 8-7 in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
It looked as though the Mawrtians had tied the game at 8-8 with 12:47 remaining when Julia Feiss scored, but referees disallowed the goal because they said she used an illegal stick.
The steady rain deepened the mesh pocket on it.
Bryn Mawr had to overcome another late challenge playing on the turf.
Mawrtians junior midfielder Alex Argo received a yellow card with 2:07 remaining for a high stick so her team had to play a man down for two minutes.
Severn went to a stall game and burned more than a minute off the clock before Bryn Mawr goalie Maggie Kane intercepted a pass to set up a chance at the tying goal.
"To get the ball back was one of the highlights of the game," Bryn Mawr coach Kim Simons said.
And the Mawrtians (6-3) had a few excellent opportunities.
With 23 seconds remaining, Anna Hart's shot off a feed on a free-position shot went wide of the goal. A few seconds later, Bridget Danko's low attempt from right in front was saved by Severn goalie Katherine Brown.
Then with two seconds remaining, Danko's free-position shot missed the goal wide left.
"It was an exciting game and we just happened to come out on top," Severn coach Renie Sotirpoulos said. "We are young on defense and they were able to hold their own down the stretch. In these conditions, a lot of different things can happen. Shots go wide of the goal, players slip and overrun ground balls."
Simons said her team should have played better despite the conditions.
"My team let the weather affect them more than it should have," the coach said. "Severn played well and better than us. They deserved to win."
Severn senior Anne Igler scored a game-high five goals. Teammate Caroline Steele added two goals and Regan Leavitt had one.
After a 6-5 halftime lead, the Admirals (6-4) held a two-goal cushion twice in the first part of the second half.
Bryn Mawr scored its final goal with 13:47 remaining when Feiss took a pass from Georgia Carroll, who was behind the goal, and beat Brown.
Feiss finished with two goals and two assists. Carroll recorded two goals while Julie Blaze and Argo had one.
The loss ended Bryn Mawr's six-game winning streak after a 0-3 start.
"We didn't look like the team of the past week today," Simons said.