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Owls Put Out Strong Defensive Effort in Loss

Owls Put Out Strong Defensive Effort in Loss

Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad faced another top Centennial Conference opponent earlier Saturday afternoon when they hosted McDaniel on Applebee Field. The Owls defense put together yet another solid effort as they were forced to beat back 37 shots on the day. However, the offensive struggles continued as well, as the team was shut out by the Green Terror in a 4-0 game.

The Owls (2-5, 0-3 Cent.) did a tremendous job in the first half of weathering an early storm from the Green Terror. McDaniel (6-2, 2-0 Cent.) took 15 shots in the half, but because of a solid defensive effort by Bryn Mawr, only eight of those attempts actually made it on goal. However, one of those shots managed to sneak into the cage early on to give the visitors a quick advantage. Just over five minutes into the game, McDaniel's Annie Sencindiver took the ball down the right side and into the circle. From a sharp angle, she sent a shot towards the cage that junior goalkeeper Alex Weinfeld did a great job of getting in front of. However, the rebound fell right in front of the cage, where the Green Terror's Gabrielle Yore was waiting. McDaniel's leading scorer managed to one-time the shot past a diving Weinfeld and into the cage to put the visitors up 1-0.

Bryn Mawr continued with their well-organized defense throughout the half, stopping the Green Terror when they entered the attacking third and trying to put together counterattacks in search of a game-tying goal. In the final five minutes of the frame, the Owls managed to break out of their end with possession, and slowly worked the ball upfield. Thanks to numerous McDaniel fouls, the Owls had some time to catch their breath and make sure they maintained their shape during the press for the goal. At one point, Bryn Mawr nearly earned their first penalty corner with a Green Terror goal just outside the circle. However, with just under a minute to go, Bryn Mawr turned the ball over to McDaniel's Annie Sencindiver. She raced up the field with a 2-on-1 against the lone Owls defender, and managed to dribble around her. Weinfeld came off her line to try and force an error or make a save. However, Sencindiver passed the ball around the junior goalkeeper and to a wide open Haley Van Nostrand. She slotted the ball into the empty cage from right in front to give the visitors a 2-0 lead just before halftime.

After a well-received halftime message from head coach Beth Riley, the Owls headed back out on Applebee Field with renewed vigor, looking for some offense to get back in the game. However, after ten minutes of play, Bryn Mawr was still pinned down in their own end, and the Green Terror struck with two backbreaking goals in less than one minute. First, Yore struck again, this time on a redirect off a long shot from the right side. The freshman proved she deserved the spot as the leading McDaniel goalscorer with quick hands and a beautiful tip-in of a high shot to make it a 3-0 game. Then, just 54 seconds later, Sencindiver and Van Nostrand paired back up in reverse format, with the sophomore sending a shot towards goal that Sencindiver cleaned up for the fourth and final goal of the game.

Bryn Mawr did manage to breakout and put some offense together late in the game, as the Owls were able to force several more McDaniel fouls and earn several penalty corners. However, the visitors were able to parry each attack, with goalkeeper Caila White making both of her two saves in the second half to preserve the shutout.

The Owls drop to 0-3 in the early goings of their Centennial Conference campaign, but the good news is that Bryn Mawr now has games against three of the top four teams in the standings behind them. The Owls will get the rest of the weekend off, with their next game coming on Wednesday, October 1st when they travel to Washington College.