Bryn Mawr, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad faced off against crosstown rivals Haverford College earlier Wednesday afternoon in their 2014 home finale. Although the Owls battled hard, the fast-paced Fords attack and a driving rain combined to hand the visitors a 7-1 victory in the affair. Senior Ashley Arbuckle notched one final goal in her career on Applebee Field in the contest, while goaltender Alex Weinfeld made 12 saves on the afternoon.
Haverford (6-8, 2-5 Cent.) peppered the Owls cage early on in the contest, and thanks to a pair of fouls against the Owls (2-11, 0-8 Cent.), the Fords earned two penalty strokes within the first ten minutes of play. However, Weinfeld stepped up bigtime, saving both of those attempts to keep the game scoreless early. Unfortunately, it was only a matter of time before the visitors struck, finally pushing across their first score in the twelfth minute of play. Senior forward Catherine Aronowitz netted her first of four goals on the day to put Haverford ahead 1-0, giving the visitors a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the day.
Bryn Mawr tried to battle back after that early setback, and in fact managed to work their way into the offensive end nicely. The Owls force numerous fouls by the Fords, and finally at the 23:00 minute mark, they earned their first penalty corner of the day. Although it did not result in a shot, Bryn Mawr was able to win another corner, this time with Katie Alpert getting a shot away as a result. Her shot was blocked, but illegally with a Fords foot, allowing the Owls a third chance at a game-tying goal via another corner. However, the Owls committed a foul of their own on the ensuing play, relieving the pressure on Haverford and allowing them to clear their end. Unfortunately, that was the final series of chances in the half for the Owls, as the Fords would go on to carry play the rest of the frame en route to two more goals.
Haverford would score four more times in the second half, but Bryn Mawr closed the game out on a very positive not, as the hosts dominated the last five minutes of play. After a dangerous foul inside the circle by a Fords player, the Owls earned another penalty corner. Although they were once again unable to score, Bryn Mawr kept constant pressure on the Fords defense in that final stretch, and they were able to earn one final corner attempt. This time, Alpert sent the ball up top, where Mikah Farbo awaited the pass. The senior defender sent one of her patented low blasts on cage, where only an equally masterful save by the Fords Abby Frerotte kept the Owls off the board. However, fellow senior Ashley Arbuckle was right there in the center of the area, and the rebound off Frerotte's pads fell perfectly for Arbuckle to snap into the cage to give Bryn Mawr their goal with just 1:18 to play in the game.
The Owls now close out their 2014 season with a three-game road trip that begins this weekend with a game at Johns Hopkins University. Bryn Mawr will be looking for a historic win against the Blue Jays, and this may be as good a chance as ever; Hopkins currently sits in the middle of the pack in conference play with a 6-8 overall record. Be sure to follow all the action this weekend right here on the Bryn Mawr Athletics site!