Bryn Mawr Field Hockey Announces Newcomers, 2017 Schedule

Bryn Mawr Field Hockey Announces Newcomers, 2017 Schedule

BRYN MAWR, Pa. - With student-athletes set to arrive back on campus this Friday for preseason, the Bryn Mawr field hockey team will be welcoming a bevy of talented players into the fold. Ahead of a competitive 2017 campaign, the Owls welcome eight new student-athletes to the nest to join an already strong roster.

The Owls are coming off of an inspired 2016 season that saw improvement all over the field. Bryn Mawr was the most improved team in NCAA Division III field hockey in a combination of offensive, defensive, and goalkeeping statistics. The Owls conceded the second-fewest goals allowed in a decade or longer against five different top-tier Centennial Conference opponents. Bryn Mawr also capped off the season with an incredible 3-2 victory over Elmira in overtime, and they'll look to build on that success of last season as they prep for their upcoming campaign.

"We are eager to build upon our on- and off-field growth last season," Bryn Mawr head coach Victor Brady stated. "With such a young roster, this group really has the opportunity to shape the standards, expectations, and playing principles that will define Bryn Mawr Field Hockey for years to come. We expect our eight freshmen and seven returners will take stewardship of the program to honor its historic legacy and start to create a new era of on-field success, and we can't wait to take on the fall 'Like Never Before'."

Owls fans won't have to wait long to see their team in action, as Bryn Mawr opens their 2017 campaign with two straight home games. The season kicks off on September 1st when the Owls welcome Cedar Crest to Applebee Field. Bryn Mawr has found plenty of success against the Falcons in the past, having won 12 of 17 contests against them since 1989. However, Cedar Crest has won the past two meetings between the programs, meaning an entertaining season-opener is likely in store.

Bryn Mawr will then welcome Ramapo to campus for a Labor Day tilt on Monday, September 4th. It will be the first meeting between Bryn Mawr and the Roadrunners, who won their first two games last year before finishing to a 2-12 record. The Owls will also play non-conference contests against Immaculata, New England College, Bryn Athyn, and Moravian in the month of September. Bryn Mawr kicks off the Centennial Conference portion of their schedule on the road on September 16th when they travel down to Baltimore to face off against Johns Hopkins. Bryn Mawr's first home Centennial Conference game comes on September 20th, when they host Washington College.

October kicks off with four straight conference contests, including home games against McDaniel and Dickinson. Bryn Mawr then travels up to New York for a rematch of their thrilling 2016 season finale against Elmira. It will be just the second meeting between the two programs after the Owls' big 3-2 victory last year. Bryn Mawr returns to Pennsylvania for their final three games of the season, starting with a road trip to Lancaster to take on Franklin & Marshall. The Owls close out their season the way it starts, with a two-game homestand. The first of that pair of contests comes on Wednesday, October 25th when the Owls take on crosstown rival Haverford. Bryn Mawr then closes out their season on Homecoming Weekend against Ursinus on Saturday, October 28th.

Incoming First-Year Class

Kelly Bergman - Venetia, Pa. / Peters Township High School
Position: Forward
Club Team:
 Pittsburgh Venom
Why Bryn Mawr?:
 "I fell in love with the sisterhood and traditions as soon as I stepped on campus!"

Kelly will be dynamic on the forward line with her speed, athleticism, and high work rate. She leads well to space and is relentless until her team has the ball in the goal. Kelly is also a strong leader on the field, helping her Peters Township team to a 10-2 record in section as a captain in her senior season.  


Emily Britt - Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport High School
Position: Defense
Club Team: Finger Lakes Field Hockey
New York State Class A Section V Champion (2016)
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I chose Bryn Mawr because I felt at home with the people and the campus. I know I will love it here!"

Emily utilizes a variety of distribution skills out of the backfield and does well to dictate play defensively before trying to win possession. Her athleticism, defensive awareness, and confidence outletting will allow her to make an immediate impact in the backfield.


Rebecca Britt - Fairport, N.Y. / Fairport High School
Position: Forward/Midfield
Club Team: Finger Lakes Field Hockey
New York State Class A Section V Champion (2016)
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I chose Bryn Mawr because it is an amazing school academically and it is full of wonderful people I will be proud to call my teammates and classmates."

Rebecca's versatility allows her to excel across different lines of the field. Her hands and footwork around the ball allow her to create positive attacking outcomes, and her speed and work rate help her to apply aggressive on-ball pressure when defending. Rebecca's strengths will fit in well to Bryn Mawr's playing style.


Zaynah Moen - Clarksburg, Md. / Richard Montgomery High School
Position: Forward/Midfield
Club Team: Jackals Field Hockey
Why Bryn Mawr?: "Bryn Mawr has a unique community and is close to Philadelphia, yet has all the perks of a small school. The Princeton Review also ranked Bryn Mawr in the Top 10 Colleges with the Best Food. I came for the field hockey and stayed for the academics (and food)!"

Zaynah is a technically strong player and has a high field hockey IQ. She sees and understands space and is strong and confident with the ball on her stick. Like Rebecca, Zaynah's combination of attacking and defending strengths allow her to affect the game across different lines of the field.


Leia Robinson - Saxtons River, Vt. / Bellows Falls Union High School
Position: Forward
Two-time D3 Vermont State Champion (2015, 2016)
Why Bryn Mawr?: "So many reasons! Field hockey, the community, the educational opportunities, the amazing people, the location, and the food!"

Leia is a hard-working attacker who has a knack for finding the back of the goal. She does a great job of identifying space both on and off the ball and timing her leads into pockets of space as they open. Leia is a positive leader and two-year captain at Bellows Falls whose energy and work rate elevates the play of those around her.


Sara Rilatt - York, Pa. / Central York High School
Position: Defense
Club Team: Ballyhoo Crew
York-Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association Honorable Mention All-Star - 2016
Why Bryn Mawr?: "I love Bryn Mawr's strong academics and driven students, and when I stayed for an overnight visit, I felt at home!"

Sara will make an immediate on-field impact in the backfield with her field hockey IQ, composure, and technical ability. She is steady and patient in her defending with a great stick, and she consistently makes good decisions in possession, both to attack space coming forward and when distributing.


Sam Shaw - Mount Bethel, Pa. / Blair Academy (N.J.)
Position: Midfield
Why Bryn Mawr?: "Bryn Mawr was the school that stood by my side through the whole recruiting process."

Sam is an athletic and versatile midfielder who amplifies her solid skill set with a high work rate to control play between the circles. She has a great leadership background from Blair Academy, where she served as a team captain this past season. Sam is a true two-way player.


Logan Wallace Wood - Charlottesville, Va. / Albemarle High School
Position: Goalkeeper
16-2 record, Jefferson District and Conference 16 Champions (2016)
Why Bryn Mawr?: "Obviously for the field hockey program but also the great biology department. And being near Philly is pretty sweet!"

Logan Wallace is a communicative goalkeeper who improves every time she puts on the pads. She competes in goal, consistently making second and third saves by whatever means necessary, even from a prone position. Logan Wallace and junior goalkeeper Angela Meng will grow together in training and push each other positively as a goalkeeping unit.