BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr College field hockey continues to re-write the record books as the Owls defeated Notre Dame of Maryland University, 9-1, in the opening game of the 2012 Bryn Mawr College Field Hockey Tournament.
Sophomore Madison Beckmann got the Owls on the board first in the 7th minute with an unassisted goal as she launched a shot into the cage from the top of the circle. Three minutes later, Beckmann set up freshman Kayla Bixler on a penalty corner goal. It was Bixler's fourth tally of the season.
After nearly ten minutes of action, Beckmann found the back of the cage again on a loose ball scrambled in front of the net. The Owls controlled the ball over the next four minutes of action before senior Kara Jane O'Donnell made it 4-0 Bryn Mawr with her goal in the 24th minute. The play started with Beckmann getting a shot on Notre Dame's Emily Langton who made the save, but the ball wound up back on Beckmann's stick. With a defender closing in, Beckmann passed the ball through the middle where O'Donnell tipped it in.
In the 28th minute, Beckmann notched her third goal of the game when senior co-captain Isidora Armentrout passed the ball from the left side of the cage to the middle where Beckman one-timed the shot in. The hat trick is the third three-goal game of the season and fourth consecutive game with three or more goals, which dates back to last season.
Bryn Mawr held the Gators without a shot in the first–half while taking 22.
The second-half started off with back-to-back goals from sophomore Holly Constants and senior Sara Jane Rodgers. Constants' goal in the 39th minute was scored on a loose-ball melee in front of the goalie while Rodgers was fed the ball from sophomore Ashley Arbuckle in front of the cage.
Notre Dame made their only shot on goal count when Rachel Jones and Taylor Stevens connected at the 53-minute mark.
Four minutes later it was once again the Arbuckle-Rodgers connection, but this time it was Arbuckle recording the goal and Rodgers handing out the assist. In the 64th minute, Constants scored her second goal of the game with a through the box pass from O'Donnell.
Bryn Mawr tamed the Gators the remainder of the game to pick-up their third win of the season.
The Owls outshot the Gators 37-2 and held a 16-1 advantage in penalty corners.
Senior goalie Faith Westdorp picked-up the win in the cage, her third of the season and fifth in her career.
The 3-0 starts is the best start for the Owls since 1987. With 25 goals so far this season, Bryn Mawr has found the back of the cage more this this season than the last three seasons combined.
The Owls will take on Albright College at 1:30 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Championship Game. Albright defeated Goucher 7-1 to earn a spot in the Championship.