Owls Field Hockey Tallies First Goal of Season in Close Loss at Wilson

Owls Field Hockey Tallies First Goal of Season in Close Loss at Wilson

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team played the second of a tough back-to-back stretch earlier Sunday afternoon as part of the Wilson College Invitational. After a long, hot day yesterday in a loss to Eastern Mennonite, the Owls bounced back in a big way against hosts Wilson College. Bryn Mawr put on an incredibly strong showing, battling back from an early deficit to tie things up at 1-1. However, the Phoenix were able to find a second-half goal and hang on against a furious Owls charge late to claim the 2-1 win on the day.

Wilson (1-1) got out in front early thanks to a goal in the 7th minute of play. On their second penalty corner of the game, Wilson's Lydia Garfinkle slotted home a cross from the left side to put the Phoenix up 1-0 early. The hosts continued to carry play most of the way through the half, as they earned seven penalty corners and eight shots in the half. Despite the peppering attack, Owls goalkeeper Angela Meng and the rest of the Bryn Mawr defense did a tremendous job of shutting things down and keeping Bryn Mawr (0-4) within a goal. That hard work paid off late in the half, as the Owls finally got on the scoreboard to tie things up. After a series of penalty corners for both sides, Bryn Mawr broke into the final third and built a solid attack. It was Mary Cugini who was in the right place at the right time, as the freshman collected a loose ball in front of the cage and fired home a shot into the right corner to even things up at 1-1. It was the first collegiate goal for Cugini, a Pittsburgh native, and also the first goal for Bryn Mawr field hockey since their game at Goucher last October.

Both sides tried to get some momentum going after that strike by Cugini, but unfortunately for the Owls, it was Wilson who appeared to benefit most from giving up the goal. The hosts earned three more penalty corners and took four more shots in the final minutes of the first half in an effort to retake the lead, while Bryn Mawr was left scrapping to clear their own end. However, the Owls managed to make it to halftime cleanly, thanks once more to good defensive positioning and a pair of additional saves from Meng.

Unfortunately, that trend simply continued into the beginning of the second half, as the withering attack from the Phoenix continued. Wilson finally broke the deadlock just over five minutes into the frame, with Miranda Long shooting into the left corner to put the hosts ahead 2-1. From there, though, Bryn Mawr was right in the thick of things all the way to the end. The Owls out-cornered Wilson 7-2 in the frame and tallied nine shots on goal in the half in an effort to tie things back up. Bryn Mawr had an incredible seven-minute stretch of play where they nearly did just that as well. A shot from Holly Senebandith went just wide, and then Bryn Mawr earned two penalty corners. On the second, both Grace Morris and Samantha Heyrich saw great shots saved by Wilson's Kayla Butts in goal. More corners followed, but Butts made two more saves each on Morris and Yelin Jung, and Senebandith's last shot of her own was also saved by Butts. Bryn Mawr's last chance at tying things back up came with three minutes left, as Morris' shot was once again saved on a tremendous effort by Butts. The Owls' ensuing corner effort came up empty, and with that Wilson claimed the 2-1 victory.

Today's contest was another positive step for Bryn Mawr in their 2016 campaign, and they'll look to keep that train rolling when they get back in action next week. The Owls will travel up to New York state to take on Wells College on Saturday, with gametime set for 4:30 PM.