Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad faced yet another nationally ranked opponent earlier Tuesday afternoon when they hosted the Ursinus Bears on Applebee Field. Almost a week after taking on the fifth-ranked Diplomats of Franklin & Marshall, today the Owls took a tough loss to the eighth-ranked team in all of Division III, falling by a score of 0-7. Goalkeeper Alex Weinfeld had fourteen saves in the effort, while Katie Alpert registered Bryn Mawr's lone shot in the game.
Ursinus (5-1, 2-0 Centennial) got out in front very quickly in the match, scoring all five of their first half goals within the first ten minutes of play. In fact, five different players registered goals for the Bears in those first ten minutes, and each one of them came on the run of play, not off of a set piece. Bryn Mawr (2-4, 0-2 Centennial) was pegged back before the team really knew what hit them. However, in true Owls fashion, the squad buckled down, keeping the Bears off the scoreboard for the rest of the half. Through a combination of solid goaltending from Weinfeld and strong team defense from the rest of the squad, Bryn Mawr played the next 35 minutes of play, into the second half, in scoreless fashion.
Alpert had the best chance of the game for the Yellow and Black in the 19th minute of play. The Bryn Mawr defense blocked an Ursinus run, and a defender sent the ball all the way up through the midfield. With the Bears pressed upfield, Alpert was able to run onto the ball behind the defense and get in alone on Ursinus netminder Danielle DeSpirito. Alpert fired a rocket of a shot low towards the cage, but DeSpirito made a fine kick save to keep her clean sheet alive. The Bears went on to register two more goals midway through the second half to cap their scoring at 7. With ten minutes to go, Bryn Mawr was finally able to string some passes together to break out of their own third. After forcing several Ursinus fouls, the Owls worked the ball into the circle and earn a penalty corner, their first of the contest. However, the Bears defense was all over the Bryn Mawr players in a heartbeat, giving them no time to even register a shot on the play, and shutting down the Owls' final chance of the game.
With the loss, Bryn Mawr slips to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in the Centennial Conference. The Owls will get a bit of a break this week before getting back out on Applebee Field on Saturday for another conference tilt. The Yellow and Black will host McDaniel College at 1:00 PM. The Green Terror brings a 5-2 record to Bryn Mawr and will be looking to remain unbeaten in Centennial Conference play.