Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad faced some tough competition in their matchup earlier this afternoon against William Paterson University. Not only did the Owls have to contend with a tough Pioneers squad, but the sweltering conditions on Applebee Field also posed a big challenge to the team in black. When the final horn sounded, those two factors had combined to add up to a tough 5-0 loss in the team's second match of the young 2014 season.
Bryn Mawr (1-1) faced a barrage of shots from the Pioneers (1-2) early on in today's contest, and that finally paid off for William Paterson just 14 minutes into the contest. The Pioneers got a shot off on a penalty corner, but the Owls defense managed to block that away. However, the ball bounded to McKenna Reynolds, who slotted it into the cage and gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the Owls, that was the only goal needed to earn the victory. The Pioneers scored twice more in the first half through Katie Stetser and Courtnaey Chelf to take a 3-0 lead. Bryn Mawr finally managed some offense late in the half, with Nina Shmorhun and Holly Constants getting shots on cage in the final few minutes. However, William Paterson goaltender Meg Davies made saves on all three shots she faced to keep the shutout intact.
The second half went in a similar manner to the first, with the Owls struggling to break through the pressure that the Pioneers put on them. The visitors would hold Bryn Mawr shotless in the frame while adding two more goals, a second from Chelf and a final tally by Elizabeth Kerr. When the final horn sounded, Bryn Mawr had managed four shots in the 5-0 loss.
The Yellow and White will get plenty of rest after the challenging day before heading back out onto Applebee Field for their next match. The Owls will host Wells College next Sunday, September 14th at 2:00 PM in an effort to break back into the win column. The Express have started their season in 0-3 fashion and still face three other contests before taking on Bryn Mawr on Sunday. Be sure to follow the action next weekend by watching the live stream and live stats during the game!