BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Owls field hockey team has been off to one of the hottest starts in recent memory so far in 2017, and that run continued earlier Wednesday evening in Bryn Mawr's game against Bryn Athyn. The Owls offense exploded for seven goals on the night, their largest output in a single game since 2013. Sophomores Lydia Fisher and Mary Cugini led the way for the Owls, with each player recording a hat-trick in the affair. Bryn Mawr's defense also made some news, shutting out the Lions and giving junior goalkeeper Angela Meng her school-record fourth career shutout.
Bryn Mawr got out in front early in this one thanks to a goal from Mary Cugini in the fourth minute. The Owls were able to work the ball down the right side on the stick of Abigail Lua, who cut inside at the endline and worked her way towards the goal. Lua then made a perfect pass to Cugini, who was at the exact right spot inside the circle. The captain let loose a shot towards the left side of the cage that just snuck inside the post for the game-opening goal. Bryn Mawr would keep the pressure on early, but Bryn Athyn did a solid job of surviving the Owls' attacking fury and ended up keeping Bryn Mawr off the board over the next ten to twelve minutes of action.
The floodgates really opened from midway on in the first half. Cugini got her second goal of the game thanks to a solid second effort on a penalty corner. Cugini ripped a shot on that corner that Lions keeper Macey Mitchell saved. However, Cugini pounced on the rebound, and in the middle of a scrum of players, managed to fire home into the right side of the cage to make it 2-0 Bryn Mawr. Just ten minutes later, Lydia Fisher got in on the scoring action. Once again, a penalty corner led to a solid shot from the top that Mitchell saved, and once again an Owl was there to get on the rebound and put it home, with Fisher taking those honors this time around.
Even the halftime break couldn't slow down the high octane Owls attack, as the hosts got right back on the scoreboard just two minutes into the frame. Fisher picked up her second goal of the contest on yet another penalty corner, with Sara Rilatt getting an assist on a pass from the top. After inserting the ball up top, Fisher drifted slowly inside the circle. Rilatt spotted her alone on the left side just outside the cage and fired a perfect pass to Fisher's stick, and the Owls sophomore went far side for her second of the contest. Just four minutes later, Cugini closed the deal on her hat-trick with a goal that made it 5-0, with another assist to Rilatt on that effort.
Bryn Mawr would close out the contest with two more goals in the final seven minutes of play. Samantha Shaw earned her first career goal thanks to a great feed from Leia Robinson after a blocked shot out front. Then, Fisher completed her hat-trick as well, finishing off another pass from Rilatt to close out the scoring for Bryn Mawr.
With the 7-0 victory, the Owls post their fourth shutout of the season. You have to go all the way back to 1975 in the record books to find the last time that Bryn Mawr has accomplished such a feat. They will look to continue their fantastic start when they get back in action Saturday afternoon, this time against a very tough opponent. The Owls open Centennial Conference play on Saturday with a big road trip to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays are off to a fast start themselves, having already knocked off the fourteenth-ranked team in the country this season. Bryn Mawr will look to clip the Blue Jays wings Saturday and keep their own winning ways going, and that big game is set to kick off at 4:00 PM in Maryland.