Baltimore, Md. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey squad was neck-and-neck with their Johns Hopkins counterparts late in today's contest. The Owls used an early second-half goal from Cassandra Garcia-Bacha to pull within one of the Blue Jays, but the hosts scored twice late to ensure their 4-1 win over the Owls. Alex Weinfeld made 16 saves in the contest, while Mikah Farbo and Holly Constants also registered shots for Bryn Mawr.
The Owls (2-12, 0-9 Cent.) fell behind early thanks to a quick goal from the hosts. Just under seven minutes in, Kiana Duncan set up near the top of the circle on a penalty corner and blasted a shot into the cage to give Hopkins an early lead. The Blue Jays (7-8, 4-4 Cent.) would double their advantage in the 28th minute, this time on a shot from close inside the area.
Even facing the early deficit, Bryn Mawr did anything but roll over. After holding the Blue Jays to just two goals in the first frame, the team came out of the gates in the second half with renewed vigor. That paid off just over eleven minutes into the period. The Owls managed to work the ball down the field and earn a penalty corner. Megan Rongone stepped up to insert the ball, and Constants managed to get on the end of the pass and fire a beautiful shot on goal. It appeared as if it was headed into the cage, but a Blue Jays defender stepped up and made a key defensive save to keep the Owls off the board. However, Bryn Mawr did get another corner opportunity off of the play, and although Farbo's shot sailed just wide of the cage, Bryn Mawr had all the momentum. That was apparent just a minute later when the Owls finally got on the scoresheet. Katie Alpert took the ball down the sideline and fired a crossing attempt into the circle. Garcia-Bacha did a marvelous job of manipulating her stick to deflect the pass just right, sending the ball high into the far side of the cage to get Bryn Mawr within one.
Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Owls would get on the day. Johns Hopkins kept the ball in the offensive zone for a majority of the rest of the game, and the hosts tacked on two insurance goals over the final twenty minutes to ease into the 4-1 win.
Bryn Mawr now heads into their final week of play in the 2014 campaign. The Owls will play two road contests, starting with a crosstown rivalry match against Swarthmore on Wednesday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will then travel to Hood on Saturday, November 1st for their final game of the season.