BRYN MAWR, Pa. - It was a fantastic day of action across the Bryn Mawr athletics spectrum today, but today's matchup between the field hockey teams of the Owls and Cedar Crest arguably might have been the most thrilling contest on the day. Bryn Mawr played incredible hockey all day long, and after going down a goal just before halftime, the Owls battled all the way back to tie the game with less than 15 minutes to play. After a series of penalty corners, Bryn Mawr's Holly Senebandith finally banged home a deflection to send the bench and the rest of the pro-Bryn Mawr crowd into a frenzy. Unfortunately, their hopes for their first win of the season were dashed when the Falcons, also winless to this point of their season, tallied a very late game-winner on Emily Rodenberger's second goal of the day. Freshman goalkeeper Angela Meng was yet again a huge force for the Owls in front of the cage, making 13 saves in an incredible effort.
Bryn Mawr (0-3) was on their heels for a good portion of the first half as Cedar Crest (1-4) held possession of the ball most of the frame. The Falcons earned five penalty corners in the first ten minutes, and then the shots started to come. However, Meng and the rest of a solid defense anchored by Samantha Heyrich and Katie Alpert steered away every effort. Through the first 20 minutes, even though Bryn Mawr had yet to register a shot, the team still had to be proud of their hard work on the defensive end. That first shot would come soon, too, as freshman Emma Hicks got control of the ball on a nice breakout and fired a shot toward the cage. The Falcons' Andi Dargis made a nice save, but it was still a solid effort for the Owls.
Unfortunately, Cedar Crest would move the ball right back down the field, and with just 1:27 left in the half they scored the first goal of the game. Rodenberger gained control of the ball around the center of the circle and managed to fire home a shot beat Meng and sent the Falcons ahead 1-0.
Lesser teams may have folded after putting in such hard work only to see themselves go down to a late goal in the half, but Bryn Mawr is not one of those programs. The Owls stormed out of the halftime break, and although they had to weather another early storm from the Falcons, they came out of that still trailing just 1-0.
Finally, in the 56th minute, Bryn Mawr would tally a goal of their own to tie the game back up. On a penalty corner from the left side, the ball found its way onto the stick of Alpert. She fired the ball towards the cage, where junior Holly Senebandith deflected it past the goalkeeper and into the goal.
With some newfound momentum, it appeared that the Owls would force the game into overtime, or perhaps even score again and take the lead. However, it simply was not to be, as Cedar Crest managed to work the ball back into their offensive zone. With less than five minutes to play, Rodenberger intercepted a clearing effort by the Bryn Mawr defense and blasted the ball from the top of the circle into the cage for the game-winning goal.
The Owls will look to continue making solid progress when they get back on the field next Saturday at McDaniel. Bryn Mawr will travel to their Centennial Conference rivals for their second league match of the season. Things will kick off in Westminster at 1:00 PM next weekend.