Owls Comback Effort Falls Short at Immaculata

Owls Comback Effort Falls Short at Immaculata

Immaculata, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad made their first road trip of the season earlier Saturday afternoon with a trip to Immaculata. The Owls scored the opening goal of the contest, but were unable to hold off the Mighty Macs in the end in a 4-3 loss. Three different Owls scored goals for the Yellow and Black, while Alex Weinfeld made a career-high 16 saves in front of the cage.

Bryn Mawr (2-3, 0-1 Centennial) opened the game having to weather five shots and two penalty corners from the hosts before breaking into the offensive end themselves. The Owls got their first penalty corner just past the 15-minute mark, and a few minutes later took their first shots of the game. Off their second penalty corner, Holly Constants had her shot blocked away by the Immaculata defense. Ashlee Williams managed to get hold of the rebound and fire off a shot of her own, but Mighty Macs goalkeeper Sarah Pasternak managed to fend off the ball to keep the game scoreless. However, things would not stay that way for long. The Owls maintained possession in the offensive zone, and just 30 seconds later, Constants would put Bryn Mawr ahead. The senior forward managed to get possession of the ball and take a shot towards the cage. The ball deflected off of an Immaculata defender and past the goalkeeper into the cage to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Owls, that lead would be short-lived. Exactly two minutes later, Immaculata (3-5) knotted the game up with a penalty stroke goal off the stick of Tiffany Lockfield. The hosts would tally the go-ahead goal ten minutes later when Patsy Murphy redirected a cross in the middle of the circle to give the Mighty Macs a 2-1 lead. Bryn Mawr made it to halftime without allowing another goal, and actually had a chance to tie the game back up a few minutes out of the break. Constants took advantage of an offensive opportunity with a great shot on goal, but Pasternak once again made the save to frustrate the Owls chance. Soon after that, Immaculata tallied two backbreaking goals in immediate succession. Both came on crosses from the right wing, with Murphy's second of the game eventually putting the hosts up 4-1.

Bryn Mawr would not go out quietly, however. With Weinfeld making one save after another to keep Immaculata off the scoreboard anymore, the Owls were able to press forward more and more on offense in search of goals. That search proved fruitful with just over five minutes left to play. The Owls earned their third penalty corner of the game, and Ashley Arbuckle was able to get off a well-placed shot on goal off of the set play. Immaculata's Megan Wheeler made a great defensive save to momentarily keep Bryn Mawr off the scoreboard, but Cassandra Garcia-Bacha was right there to clean up the rebound and make it a 4-2 contest. Four minutes later, the comeback attempt continued, again off a penalty corner attack. This time, it was Mikah Farbo who took the pass from Katie Alpert and rocketed a shot into the back off the cage to get the Owls back within one. Unfortunately, it was a classic case of too little, too late for the Yellow and Black. Immaculata was able to run out the final 1:08 of play to hang on for the 4-3 victory.

With the loss, Bryn Mawr falls to 2-3 on the season. The Owls will return back to Applebee Field for their next contest, a Tuesday afternoon game against Ursinus. The start of a two-game homestand, Tuesday's game will see the Owls host the ninth-ranked team in the nation in the Bears, who were also picked to win the Centennial Conference in the preseason coaches' poll. Game time is set for 4:30 PM on the Bryn Mawr campus.