Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey program celebrated Senior Day earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field before their final weekend home contest. The Owls honored the careers of their five seniors before taking on Gettysburg College on a picture-perfect mid-October day. Ashley Arbuckle, Holly Constants, Mikah Farbo, Megan Rongone and Nina Shmorhun were all joined by their families and friends for a celebration of their years of hard work and effort put into the Bryn Mawr field hockey program.
Unfortunately, the game provided a somewhat bitter ending to the otherwise joyous occasion, as Gettysburg scored five first-half goals en route to an 8-0 victory over the Owls in the Centennial Conference matchup. The Bullets (4-8, 2-4 Cent.) managed to break the game open within the first ten minutes, as Samantha Wright and Kellyann Walley both scored within 1:35 of each other to hand the visitors a quick 2-0 lead in the contest. Bryn Mawr (2-10, 0-7 Cent.) managed to stem the tide briefly, gaining some possession and time to break out of their own end over the next several minutes. Constants managed to get free inside the circle and take the Owls' first shot of the game at the 12:55 mark, but Gettysburg's Haley Mowery managed to get her pads in front of the blast and kick it away. That would be Bryn Mawr's only chance of the half, as Gettysburg slowly worked their way back down the field and started to pepper the Bryn Mawr cage. Junior goalkeeper Alex Weinfeld did a solid job of stopping the momentum momentarily with several of her 14 saves on the day, but the Bullets finally found their mark once again just over 25 minutes into the half. Weinfeld made another great save on a long shot from the top center, but the rebound fell perfectly to a Gettysburg forward, who scored to make it 3-0. Then, the Bullets' Tori Sankey scored a brace in just 33 seconds to give the visitors a 5-0 lead.
Gettysburg would extend that advantage to 6-0 out of the halftime break, but then Bryn Mawr managed to turn the tide in their own direction for a bit. The Owls worked hard to get the ball upfield, and earned their first penalty corner with 13 minutes left to play. Katie Alpert sent the ball up to the top, and eventually Constants was able to get another shot out of the play, but it was blocked by the Bullets defense. However, Bryn Mawr earned another corner soon after. Once again, Constants got two great shots on goal, but new keeper Ronnie Bridges saved both attempts and kept the shutout intact. The Bullets would tally two more goals before the final horn sounded to close out their 8-0 victory.
The Owls will take Applebee Field one last time in their next contest on Wednesday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will play host to Haverford in the home finale for the Owls. Haverford currently holds a 5-8 record and sits just one game above Bryn Mawr in the league standings. Game time is set for 4:00 PM on the Bryn Mawr campus.