Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad faced a Jekyll-and-Hyde opponent earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field. The Owls thoroughly outplayed visiting Wilson College in the first half, dominating possession and scoring the lone goal of the half to run out to a 1-0 lead. However, the Phoenix woke up in a big way in the second half, scoring six unanswered goals to run away with the game before a late Owls goal made the final score 6-2 in favor of the visitors. Holly Constants and Ashlee Williams scored Bryn Mawr's goals, while Alex Weinfeld made nine saves in the loss.
After an early penalty corner by the visitors, Bryn Mawr (2-7, 0-4 Cent.) staged their takeover of the first half of today's game. The Owls steadily forced their way upfield into the attacking end, causing Wilson (4-5) to commit numerous fouls in an effort to slow down the attack. Just under ten minutes into the game, Bryn Mawr earned their first penalty corner of the half. Although the Phoenix managed to clear that attempt, the Owls continued to press and force mistakes. Seven minutes later, the home team earned another penalty corner, and it was on this run of play that the Owls would strike. The service came in from Williams on the left side of the cage, sent to Mikah Farbo at the top of the circle. Farbo slotted a pass back to the left inside the circle to a waiting Constants. The senior midfielder let go with a hard shot on the cage that was blocked before it made it to the cage. However, Constants followed her shot, getting control of the rebound and sending another effort on net. This time, the ball glanced off another player and past Wilson goalkeeper Kayla Butts to give Bryn Mawr a 1-0 lead.
The Owls continued to carry play over the remainder of the half, ultimately tallying five shots in the frame compared to just two from Wilson. Constants had the last good chance for Bryn Mawr with just 26 seconds to play, but her shot was saved by Butts to keep the game at 1-0 headed into a very positive halftime for the Owls. However, after what must have been an inspirational talk for the ages from Wilson head coach Shelly Novak, as the Phoenix came out on fire in the second half. Just 38 seconds into the resumption of play, Nicole Melanson put a rebound past Weinfeld after the junior goalkeeper made a tremendous original save, and suddenly things were tied back up at 1-1. Six minutes later, it was Miranda Long who gave Wilson the lead in the contest, and then she netted another goal five minutes after that to make it 3-1 in the blink of an eye. Wilson would ultimately notch six goals in the half, more than the visitors had scored in a single game to this point in the season. Bryn Mawr would respond late with a second-half goal of their own. Just 29 seconds before the final horn, Ashlee Williams would tally her second goal in as many contests after picking up a loose ball and firing it home from the right side. However, that would not be enough to change the final result, as Wilson walked away with the 6-2 win.
Today's contest marked the final home non-conference game of the season for the Owls. The team will now play six straight Centennial Conference games before closing out the regular season at Hood on November 1st. Bryn Mawr will next play at Muhlenberg this Wednesday, October 8th. Game time is set for 7:30 PM.