BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team returned to action on Applebee Field on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Washington College Shorewomen for their first Centennial Conference home game of the season. In what ended up being a slugfest between the two sides, it was the Shorewomen who ultimately prevailed by a 4-0 scoreline. The Shorewomen got goals from four different players on the day, and despite several strong attacks by the Owls, Bryn Mawr was unable to generate enough of a response on offense to keep up with their opponents. Angela Meng made three saves on the day in the cage for the Owls.
In what would be a foreshadowing of most of the rest of the game, both sides battled back and forth in the midfield in the opening minutes, probing for an attacking opportunity. Washington College managed to get the first good chance, with a pair of penalty corners in the opening six minutes. Each of those corners led to shots that appeared to be headed on goal, but both times, Owls defenders were able to get a stick in the way and block the attempt. Bryn Mawr then responded with an opportunity of their own just a few minutes later, with Mary Cugini making some fantastic cuts and turns through the Shorewomen defense to get into the circle. The Owls sophomore made a great pass down to a player at the near post, but the connection fell through and the ball went harmlessly over the endline.
Washington College came right back the other way after that chance and tallied the opening goal of the contest. The Shorewomen came down the right side and got into the circle, and then Alison Pantazes pounced on a loose ball and fired it into the cage to put the visitors up 1-0. The would double their lead just over five minutes before halftime, this time off a corner. Kailyn Brandt sent a ball to Nicole Schroyer, who shot from the left side of the circle and past Meng to give Washington College a 2-0 lead. In the second half, the Shorewomen would net two more goals off the sticks of Olivia Auer and Emily Pantazes, giving them a 4-0 advantage.
Despite allowing four goals over the course of the contest, Bryn Mawr kept the game a lot tighter than the scoreline looked. The Owls did a fantastic job clogging up passing lanes and making tackles to strip their opponents of possession. Most of the game was spent as a back-and-forth donnybrook in the midfield, with very few breakthroughs. In the game, Bryn Mawr allowed just nine shots, and only seven on goal. In fact, the four goals allowed were the fewest Bryn Mawr has given up to the Shorewomen since the 2005 season.
On the other end, Bryn Mawr had a few more chances in the second half. The Owls earned a pair of penalty corners in the final ten minutes, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunities, as they did not register a shot on either corner. Ultimately, Grace Morris and Kelly Bergman each had a shot on goal in the contest, but Washington's Morgan Domanico made saves on both of those efforts. In the end, the Shorewomen held on to claim the 4-0 win.
Bryn Mawr will take advantage of a brief break in the Centennial Conference schedule to get in one more non-conference game next week. The Owls will travel to Moravian to take on the Greyhounds on Tuesday night. That game is set for a 7:00 PM start in Bethlehem.