BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey pulled off yet another impressive victory earlier Monday afternoon, knocking off NJAC foe Ramapo College. The Owls put in plenty of hard work this Labor Day, and their efforts were certainly rewarded, as the team earned a 2-0 start on the season for the first time since 2013. The Owls controlled the game from start to finish, ultimately scoring the game-winning goal with just over 12 minutes left to play off the stick of Abigail Lua, who found herself in perfect position to put home a rebound for her second career goal. Meanwhile, the Owls' defense yet again proved more than capable of shutting down a high-quality opponent in the 1-0 victory, holding Ramapo without a shot in the entire game. For the Roadrunners, Emily Wisneski had a solid day in the cage with four saves, but the visitors simply could not get their offense going.
Both sides came into the contest with some good momentum after their season-openers. Bryn Mawr was dominant in their Friday victory over Cedar Crest, while Ramapo kicked off their 2017 campaign by defeating one of Bryn Mawr's fellow Centennial Conference opponents, Gettysburg, by a score of 1-0. However, this day was all about Bryn Mawr and their spectacular team defense. The Owls frustrated Ramapo from beginning to end, not allowing the visitors to possess the ball for any great stretches of time. In fact, Bryn Mawr held their opponents shotless in the game, something the Owls have not accomplished since the first game of the 2006 season.
Meanwhile, the Owls had few issues themselves offensively. Bryn Mawr earned their first penalty corner of the game just 7:36 into the action, and they kept up the pressure almost the entire way through. In the second half, Samantha Shaw got the Owls' best chance of the day to that point, taking a clean shot at the cage. However, Wisneski stepped up and made a big stop to keep the hosts off the board.
Bryn Mawr's pressure kept building, however, and they finally were able to net the goal they were looking for in the 53rd minute of play. After a slow and steady buildup into the offensive zone, the Owls ended up with the ball on the stick of Mary Cugini at the top of the circle. The sophomore showed her impressive strength, fighting through several stopping attempts by Ramapo defenders and maintaining possession as she took a few steps toward the cage. Finding a bit of space, Cugini fired a shot on goal, but Wisneski managed to get a pad in front of the ball and redirect it. Fortunately for the Owls, junior Abigail Lua was in the perfect spot at the time. Standing just outside the right post, Lua controlled the rebound and fired a shot/pass back across the face of goal. In the midst of a mad scramble in front of the vacated cage, the ball somehow kicked off of a Ramapo player and into the back of the net, giving Bryn Mawr their 1-0 lead. The Owls would never look back from there. Ramapo managed to earn a pair of corners very late in the game, but Bryn Mawr defenders were all over those efforts and almost immediately cleared the ball both times. With that, the game would end, giving Bryn Mawr the huge 1-0 win on the day.
Today's result makes it back-to-back shutouts for Bryn Mawr, something the Owls have not accomplished since the 1995 season under legendary head coach Jenepher Shillingford. Bryn Mawr will be looking to go 3-0 to start the year when they get back in action on Thursday. The Owls will make their first road trip of the season as they travel to Immaculata, who they currently hold a slim 11-10-1 margin over in all-time meetings. Bryn Mawr will hope to start their season off 3-0 for the first time since 2012 by picking up a win on Thursday, and that game will take place under the lights in Immaculata for a 7:00 PM start.