BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team opened their 2016 Centennial Conference slate earlier Wednesday evening with one of the toughest tests in the country. The Owls hosted Ursinus College, currently ranked fourth in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division III Coaches Poll. Despite the stiff competition, Bryn Mawr did a fantastic job of working their gameplan, playing strong defense and looking for counterattack opportunities all afternoon. The Owls were able to limit the potent Bears offense to single digit scoring in the contest, as Ursinus was able to escape with a 9-0 win in the game.
Bryn Mawr (0-6) actually controlled the early part of the game against the nationally-ranked Bears. The Owls caused several turnovers by the visitors and actually earned a penalty corner just over three minutes into the game. Despite a great insertion by Lydia Fisher and a great play to get a shot off, Samantha Heyrich's effort was blocked by an Ursinus defender. With that block, Ursinus (5-1) was able to go the other way and get some offense going of their own. Bryn Mawr battled hard through the opening minutes of the Bears' attack, but the visitors finally broke through with a goal on a loose ball in front after a penalty corner. Even though the Owls continued to frustrate Ursinus most of the way throughout the contest, the visitors would tally three more times in the half and finish the game with a 9-0 win in the end.
The Owls will look to rebound this weekend with another Centennial Conference home contest. Bryn Mawr will host McDaniel College on Saturday afternoon. The Green Terror are 1-4 on the season and have lost their last four games. Look for the Owls to press hard in search of their first conference win of 2016 when Saturday's contest kicks off at 3:00 PM.