BRYN MAWR, Pa. – The #10 Franklin & Marshall Diplomats used a two-goal first-half en route to a 3-0 win over Bryn Mawr Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference action.
The Owls held their own against one of the nation's top powerhouses' as they played the Diplomats hard all day. F&M got on the board in the first when Diana Aulisa took a shot from outside the circle and deflected off a Bryn Mawr defender for an own goal.
Bryn Mawr held the Dips at bay for nearly 10 minutes until Katie Cecere found the back of the cage with help from Meghan Barlow. The game went into intermission with F&M holding a 2-0 lead.
In the second-half, Steph McDonald made it three for the Diplomats as she took a pass from Dana Venditti at 43:31. The Owls held Franklin & Marshall scoreless over the final 25 minutes of action.
One of the Owls' best scoring changes came early in the second-half when freshman Kayla Bixler was awarded a stroke. On the shot, goalie Allie Morey turned away to earn her first shutout of the season.
Junior goalie Faith Westdorp posted eight saves, including a pair of diving saves to keep F&M content with three tallies. The whole Bryn Mawr defense elevated their play Saturday afternoon to keep the nationally ranked Diplomats on their toes.
Leading the Owls offensively was sophomore Mikah Farbo and Bixler, both with two shots. Three other Owls took shots.
Last week when the national statistical leaders were posted, sophomore Madison Beckmann was ranked in the top-10 in the country for points per game and goal per game
Bryn Mawr held the Diplomat offense to only 15 shots while posting seven of their own. The Owls garnished seven penalty corners.
Today was the first time since 2000 that the Owls held the Diplomats to three or less goals. Also, Bryn Mawr held the 10th-ranked team to their third lowest scoring output on the season.
Bryn Mawr is back to action when they travel to Allentown for a 7:30 pm showdown with the Muhlenberg Mules on Wednesday, Oct. 3.