BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team was back in action Wednesday afternoon, this time facing off against their cross-town rivals Haverford College. The Owls spun another defensive gem, nearly shutting out the visitors all the way through the second half in a close 5-0 loss. Angela Meng made five saves on the day, including a couple fine efforts on tough deflections in front of the Owls cage. The Owls also posted yet another defensive save in the contest, as this time it was Hannah Zamore who was able to stop a ball on the line and prevent a Haverford goal.
Haverford (7-7, 3-4 CC) got out in front early on in the contest with a goal 5:44 in. Despite a solid opening five minutes from Bryn Mawr (0-13, 0-8 CC), the visitors shattered that start with a goal from Mason McNulty, who carried the ball down the right side herself and cut inside, scoring from right in front of the cage. The Fords would get three more goals in the half, but Bryn Mawr responded to the halftime break very well. The Owls frustrated the Haverford attack constantly throughout the second frame, intercepting passes and causing plenty of turnovers to keep the Fords from causing too much trouble. It appeared as if Bryn Mawr might pitch a second-half shutout, but the Fords finally broke through one last time with just under 90 seconds remaining to post the 5-0 final. Today's result still had plenty of positives for the Owls, though, as it was the smallest margin of defeat against Haverford and the fewest goals allowed to the Fords by the Owls in a decade. The Owls also more than halved the number of shots they allowed to the Fords compared to last season; Bryn Mawr held the visitors to just 15 shots today, compared to 34 in 2015.
Bryn Mawr will get right back into action on Saturday with yet another Centennial Conference contest. The Owls will travel down to Baltimore this weekend for their annual contest against Johns Hopkins. This year, the Blue Jays have played to a 6-7 record and sit at 2-4 in conference play. Look for both sides to come out swinging on Saturday looking for a big win, with game time set for 6:00 PM at Johns Hopkins.