GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team continued to impress earlier Friday afternoon as they continued their slate of Centennial Conference contests. The Owls traveled to Gettysburg for a tough tilt against one of the premiere field hockey programs in the conference, and despite ultimately taking a tough 3-0 loss, Bryn Mawr made some historic strides on the day. Bryn Mawr held Gettysburg scoreless in the first half, the first time the Owls have accomplished that feat against a Centennial Conference opponent since 2013. Today's result is also the fewest goals Bryn Mawr has allowed to Gettysburg since the 2006 season.
Gettysburg got off to a quick start offensively in the contest, ripping off four shots and two penalty corners in the opening ten minutes of play. However, in what would be a foreshadowing of things to come, Bryn Mawr's defense held firm against that early onslaught and kept the Bullets off the scoreboard. Gettysburg continued to control possession throughout the first half and get most of the offensive opportunities. Try as they might, though, the hosts were simply unable to penetrate the stalwart Owls defense. On the other end, Bryn Mawr got their first good offensive chance in the 27th minute thanks to a penalty corner. However, nothing came of that opportunity, and with Gettysburg still held completely in check by a suffocating Bryn Mawr defense, both sides headed to the half with the score still deadlocked at 0-0.
Unfortunately for the Owls, Gettysburg finally broke through for a goal just a minute into the second half. After Bryn Mawr goalkeeper Angela Meng made a huge save on a shot off of a penalty corner, the Bullets' Jamie Relin got to the loose ball first and was able to put it home to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Gettysburg would double up their advantage just ten minutes later on Lindsay Kraus' second goal of the season. Bryn Mawr would not go down without a fight however, and right after that second goal, the Owls put together several great offensive looks. Samantha Shaw and Sara Rilatt, who were a pair of high energy players all night for Bryn Mawr, each tallied shots over the next minute of play. Shaw's effort was headed towards the cage, but the Bullets' Haley Mowery managed to get across and make a save to keep Gettysburg up 2-0. Later in the half, Bryn Mawr earned another penalty corner, and then Samantha Shaw saw another shot go just wide of the cage. That closed the door on Bryn Mawr's offensive chances, and Gettysburg managed to tally one more goal late to claim a hard-fought 3-0 win on the day.
Despite the loss, the Bryn Mawr field hockey team continues to raise some eyebrows around the league with their performances, and they'll look to keep that going when they get back in action next week. The Owls travel up to Allentown on Wednesday to take on Muhlenberg, who are currently 0-3 in the conference and 1-7 overall. Gametime next Wednesday is slated for 7:30 PM under the lights on the Mules campus.