BRYN MAWR, Pa. - After a stretch of tough road contests for the Bryn Mawr field hockey team, it seemed a little home cooking was just what the doctor ordered for the Owls earlier Saturday afternoon. Bryn Mawr once again showcased a tremendous defensive presence on Applebee Field on the day, this time shutting down a talented Gettysburg College team for long stretches of the contest. The Bullets were only able to break through for brief flurries of the game, scoring just three times in the opening half en route to a 5-0 win on the day. Angela Meng made 13 saves on the afternoon for the Owls, while Lydia Fisher and Mary Cugini each picked up defensive saves with strong efforts in front of the cage. Gettysburg was led by Samantha Wright, who notched a hat trick for the Bullets while also scoring the game-winner on the day.
Despite Gettysburg (5-6, 3-3 CC) dominating possession for most of the first half, it was Bryn Mawr (0-12, 0-7 CC) who appeared to be perfectly executing their gameplan in the early stages of the contest. The Owls constantly shut down Bullets attacks and were able to clear the ball and counterattack quite effectively. Meng also made several quality saves early to help keep the clean sheet intact. However, the Bullets finally broke through with two goals within a one minute stretch to jump ahead to a 2-0 lead. Bryn Mawr still kept their pressure defense going, frustrating the visitors on multiple occasions and forcing numerous turnovers. Freshman Mary Cugini even tallied a spectacular defensive save, getting her stick down on the end line in front of the cage to keep the Owls close. It appeared as if the deficit would stay at just two heading into the halftime break, but a shot from Hannah Fitzgerald went off Meng's pads and into the cage for a fluke goal to give the visitors a 3-0 lead right before the horn.
The defensive effort and intensity remained the same for the Owls out of the halftime break and all the way through the second half. Bryn Mawr allowed just one more goal from the Bullets almost all the way through, and it looked as if the Owls were going to get a penalty corner and chance to attack themselves late in the half. However, that attack broke down, and it unfortunately led to a penalty corner on the other end and resulted in one last, late Gettysburg goal, giving them the final 5-0 win.
Bryn Mawr will look to keep building on today's strong performance when they return to action next week. The Owls will stay at home and host cross-town rival Haverford on Wednesday, the 19th. Bryn Mawr will be looking for a big win against the Fords, with Wednesday's match slated to start at 4:00 PM on Applebee Field.