Swarthmore, Pa. – The Bryn Mawr field hockey team played their final Centennial Conference contest of 2014 earlier Wednesday afternoon. The Owls faced off against Swarthmore College, and although they put up a strong battle were still hung with an 8-2 loss. Holly Constants and Hezel Gadzikwa both scored for Bryn Mawr, while junior goalkeeper Alex Weinfeld registered twelve saves in the effort.
After Swarthmore (2-15, 1-8 Cent.) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on their home turf, it was the Owls turn to respond. Just over twelve minutes in, Ashlee Williams ripped a shot on goal that was blocked by the Garnet defense. However, freshman forward Hezel Gadzikwa was in the perfect position to pick up the rebound and fire the ball into the cage to cut the deficit to just one. The goal was Gadzikwa's first career tally as an Owl.
The next fifteen minutes were spent with both sides playing back-and-forth ball, with each team getting numerous chances. The Owls (2-13, 0-10) got a great look at a tying goal in the 23rd minute when Ashley Arbuckle got a shot on cage, but the Garnet's Ainsley Parrish made a great save to keep the hosts out front. Meanwhile, the Bryn Mawr defense did a great job weathering several Swarthmore opportunities, clearing out three Swarthmore penalty corners in that timeframe. However, the Garnet would finally get what was ultimately the game-winning goal in the 28th minute when Erin Gluck blasted home a hard shot from the top of the circle to make it 3-1. The Garnet would eventually score five more times to extend their lead to 8-1 in the contest.
It wasn't for a lack of opportunity that the Owls came up short in the match, as Bryn Mawr was able to get off 16 shots in the contest, their third-highest total of the season. The Owls also earned eight penalty corners in the match, but were unable to score directly off of any of those opportunities. In the 59th minute, Cassandra Garcia-Bacha nailed the post with a withering blast from the side. Then, in the 68th minute, the Owls finally managed to take advantage of their chances by pushing across another goal. This time it was Constants with the tremendous individual effort, pulling the ball to her right in the circle and firing a shot home to make the final score 8-2 in favor of Swarthmore.
Bryn Mawr now gets two days off before heading into their final game of the season. The Owls will hit the road one last time for a trip to Frederick, Maryland for a match against Hood. The Blazers are currently 6-11 on the season and 0-7 in the Commonwealth Conference. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 PM.