LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Bryn Mawr College field hockey team is off to the programs' best start since 1998 when the team started 2-0 with wins over Gwynedd-Mercy and Cabrini. The 1998 squad, who was under the direction of Jenepher Shillingford, ended the season 7-12, a mark that current head coach Marci Scheuing is looking to best this year.
The Owls started the scoring-assault in the second minute when sophomore Ashley Arbuckle found the back of the cage. Fifty-four seconds later, freshman Kayla Bixler made it 2-0 for the Owls when she sent her shot past Brooke Scott.
After controlling the action for more than twelve minutes, the Owls recorded back-to-back goals from Arbuckle and sophomore Mikah Farbo. Arbuckle's goal was assisted by classmate Madison Beckmann at 15:31 while Farbo's tally was unassisted at the 16:58.
Senior Kara Jane O'Donnell scored her first goal of the season in the 22nd minutes of action to give the Owls a commanding 5-0 lead. The Vixens got on the board in the 29th minute when Hannah Oybkhan scored on a pass from Kim Orchowski.
Bryn Mawr tacked on two more goals before the end of the half when Beckmann scored back-to-back goals in the 30th and 33rd minute.
Sweet Briar scored the second-half's first goal when Loralei Whittaker fed Megan Thompson in the 39th minute of action to pull the Vixens within five, 2-7.
In the 45th minute, Beckmann tallied her fourth goal of the game before handing out an assist to senior co-captain Isidora Armentrout in the 52nd minute. Beckmann's goal was her third consecutive hat trick in as many games, dating back to last season's finale against Cedar Crest.
Bryn Mawr continued to control the tempo of the game while freshman goalie Alex Weinfeld held the Vixens scoreless over the final ten minutes of the game.
The Owls outshot Sweet Briar 17-9. Senior co-captain Faith Westdorp posted one save in the game's opening 59 minutes to earn her second win of the season.
In addition to the best start in 14-years, the Owls' nine goals is the most scored since October 20, 1987, when Bryn Mawr tallied 10 goals against Cabrini.
The Owls return to action on Saturday, Sept. 8, when they host the Bryn Mawr College Tournament. They open the weekend with Notre Dame University of Maryland on the 8th at 11:00 pm. The game is their 2012 home opener.