Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad opened their 2014 Centennial Conference campaign earlier Wednesday afternoon against a tough opponent in Franklin & Marshall. In the final contest of a four-game homestand to open the season, the Yellow and Black hosted the Diplomats, who had started their season on a 5-0 run and are currently ranked as the number five team in the country. Unfortunately, that streak continues after today's contest, as the Dips controlled play most of the way to take home a 10-0 win.
Franklin & Marshall (6-0, 1-0 Cent.) controlled play from the get-go in today's contest and were able to get on the scoreboard just 2:37 into the match. Bryn Mawr (2-2, 0-1 Cent.) tried to maintain some possession in order to clear out of their end, but the Dips' pressure proved relentless. Maria Guarisco netted her team-leading seventh goal of the season five minutes later to put the visitors ahead 2-0. Franklin & Marshall eventually tallied two more goals in the half and six in the second to take the 10-0 victory. Penalty corners were especially tough on the Owls, as the Dips scored half their goals off those set plays.
There were some bright spots for the Owls though in today's contest. Junior goalkeeper Alex Weinfeld made seven saves on the afternoon, some in key situations to prevent margin from growing too high. The Owls also nearly broke through for a goal of their own late in the game. After controlling the ball out of their own end, Bryn Mawr forced F&M into several fouls late, and with just under three minutes to play, the Owls earned a penalty corner of their own. Off of the play, Mikah Farbo ended up with the ball on her stick, and the senior rocketed a shot from the top of the circle towards the net. The ball took a great deflection for the Owls, heading over the head of Dips goalkeeper Ashley Gubernick and right towards the center of the cage. However, F&M defender Sarah Schannauer happened to be in perfect position right on the goal line, and she deftly batted the ball out of the air and away from harm to shut down Bryn Mawr's only chance of the contest.
With the loss, the Owls slip to 2-2 on the season. However, they'll try and get right back on the horse with a game this Saturday at Immaculata. In their first road test of the season, Bryn Mawr will face off against the Mighty Macs in a reprise of a thrilling double overtime game last season that saw the Yellow and Black score a stunning game-tying goal off the stick of Holly Constants with 14 seconds left to play before suffering a crushing goal against themselves just 1:46 into the second extra frame. This year's rematch is set for Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM on the campus of Immaculata.