CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team was back in action earlier Saturday afternoon as they took part in the Wilson College Invitational. The Owls opened up their busy weekend with a game against Eastern Mennonite University at the neutral site, but found tough sledding. EMU scored three times in each half and kept the Bryn Mawr offense in check for a large portion of the game, as the Owls fell by a 6-0 score.
Bryn Mawr (0-3) found themselves trailing basically from the start, as the Royals (3-2) got their first goal of the contest just 6:25 in on a deflection after a penalty corner. The Owls did a great job battling back from that early deficit, however, and would go on to get their own offensive opportunities midway through the half. It started with a penalty corner of their own, which Eastern Mennonite was able to weather. Bryn Mawr backed that up by earning another, though, and that opportunity led to a shot from senior Samantha Heyrich. The Royals defense blocked that effort, but also gave up another corner. Once again, Emma Hicks sent in a great ball, but the Owls were unable to do anything with the opportunity, and that closed the door on the Bryn Mawr offense for the moment. EMU ended up going right back down to the other end and scoring their second goal of the game on a loose ball in front of the Bryn Mawr cage. The Owls got one more penalty corner in the half, looking to cut their deficit, but instead it was the Royals who scored one more time to push their advantage to three.
The second half went in a similar manner as the first, as Bryn Mawr was unable to find the back of the cage despite a number of opportunities. The Owls earned four more penalty corners, but could not get more than a single shot off in the half. It was a great look, a strong shot from Haley Newsham, but the Royals keeper was able to make the save and extinguish the danger. Meanwhile, Eastern Mennonite scratched across three more goals in the frame, ultimately taking the 6-0 victory on the day.
The Owls won't have to stew over today's loss too long, as they'll be right back in action on Sunday afternoon. Bryn Mawr will play their second contest as part of the Wilson College Invitational, and will in fact take on the host Phoenix. Wilson is currently 0-1 on the season, having lost to Eastern Mennonite themselves on Friday by a 3-0 score. Sunday's contest is slated to start at 1:00 PM.