BRYN MAWR, Pa. – With a brisk breeze in the air, the Bryn Mawr College field hockey team posted a monumental 4-1 win over rival Swarthmore Wednesday afternoon on Applebee Field. The win snapped a 139-game Centennial Conference losing streak that dates back to the 1999 season. Their last conference win came when the Owls shutout Western Maryland (now McDaniel), 2-0, on October 3.
Bryn Mawr got on the board in the 4th minute when sophomore Kayla Bixler scored on Gabby Capone off a penalty corner. With a loose ball scramble in front of the net, Bixler was able to get her stick on the ball and slip it past Capone who stepped out to challenge the play.
Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore continued to battle the remainder of the half with back and forth play. The half ended with Bryn Mawr clinging to their 1-0 lead.
It didn't take long for the Owls to find the back of the cage in the second-half as junior Madison Beckmann scored her third goal of the season in the 42 minute. Three minutes later, Beckmann assisted on classmate Holly Constants goal to give the Owls the 3-0 lead.
Carrying the ball through the midfield and into the circle, she passed off the Constants, who had a clear shot of the cage as Capone left the net to challenge Beckmann. Constants one-timed the pass from Beckmann as her and Capone watched the ball roll into the cage. With the goal, Constants now leads the Owls with nine tallies on the season.
In the 58th minute, Bixler tallied her second goal of the game and third of the season as she scored on Swarthmore's back-up goalie, Ainsley Parrish. Taking the ball into the circle from the right side of the field and heading towards the cage, Bixler took a back-hand shot which was she elevated just enough to sneak past Parrish who was being screened by her own defender.
The Owls were on their way to their first conference shutout in 15 years, but the Garnet's Erin Gluck spoiled that as she scored on Bryn Mawr back-up, sophomore Alex Weinfeld. Gluck was on a breakaway when Weinfeld left the cage to challenge. Gluck made a move on Weinfeld that caused her to lose her footing as Gluck headed to the net. After her initial shot hit off the post, she tapped it into the back of the cage.
Bryn Mawr's starting goalie, senior Faith Westdorp, posted four saves for her third win of the season. The Owls outshot Swarthmore12-11 but the Garnet held a 15-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Also, the win snapped Swarthmore's 21-game winning streak over the Owls. The last time the Yellow and White topped the Garnet was on Sept. 21, 1993.
The Owls will look to make it back-to-back wins as they host Notre Dame University of Maryland on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4:00 pm.