BRYN MAWR, Pa. - The Bryn Mawr field hockey team battled it out with McDaniel earlier Saturday afternoon on Applebee Field in one of the must-see games of the season in the Centennial Conference. Both teams came into the contest looking for their first Centennial Conference of the day, and it showed on the field with both sides battling hard the entire 70 minutes. Bryn Mawr controlled play most of the way through, outshooting McDaniel 16-2 in the contest and dominating possession. However, it was the Green Terror who ultimately came out with the win, scoring a goal against the run of play in the second half and fending off numerous last-minute attacks by Bryn Mawr to cling to a 1-0 victory. Grace Morris and Sara Rilatt led the way for Bryn Mawr with four shots apiece, while Megan Quattrone tallied the game-winner for McDaniel.
Both sides eased their way into the first ten minutes of the contest, with much of the play occurring in the midfield. Bryn Mawr possessed the ball most of that time, probing the McDaniel defense down the sidelines and looking for opportunities to work their way into the attacking third. The Owls finally started to get some attacking chances on a shot by Emily Britt ten minutes into the game. McDaniel's Paige Ford stepped up to make the stop, however, in what would prove to be a foreshadowing of things to come. McDaniel responded to the Bryn Mawr opportunity by going the other way and earning a penalty corner of their own, but Bryn Mawr's defense buckled down and prevented the visitors from even registering a shot on that chance. Defense led to offense for the Owls after that, as Bryn Mawr went right back the other way and garnered a flurry of opportunities. Leia Robinson had the first good look, but her shot from close in was saved by Ford. The Owls earned a penalty corner of their own after that, and in the ensuing run of play, Bryn Mawr posted three more shots. However, Ford saved Sara Rilatt's blast from the top of the circle, and then the Owls had two more shots get blocked and go wide. In the rest of the first half, Bryn Mawr would register two more penalty corners and a shot, but when the horn sounded the teams remained deadlocked at 0-0.
The donnybrook continued into the second half, with Bryn Mawr continuing to control the game. The Owls earned a penalty corner just 1:49 into the second half and peppered the McDaniel defense with chances over the next 12 minutes. Lydia Fisher had a shot blocked by a defender, and then Mary Cugini, Grace Morris, and Emma Hicks each had shots saved by Ford over a 90 second span. Later, Hicks had another shot kicked away by Ford to shut down another Bryn Mawr attack. All those missed opportunities started adding up, and eventually McDaniel came up with what proved to be a crucial chance of their own. The Green Terror managed to work the ball out of their own half and into the Owls end, where they earned a corner. On that ensuing play, Megan Quattrone took a pass from Jensyn Koontz and roofed a shot past Meng and into the cage, suddenly thrusting McDaniel into a 1-0 lead.
Bryn Mawr immediately looked to rebound from that goal, and the Owls battled hard the rest of the way to find an equalizer. The best chances for Bryn Mawr came in the final ten minutes of play, where the home team earned four penalty corners. Grace Morris had the best look for the Owls on those efforts, as she got open for a shot on the right side of the cage. However, Ford made arguably her best save of the night, diving to her left to get the paddle up and swat the ball out of the air and away from the cage. Bryn Mawr would sub in a kicking back for the goalkeeper in the final moments, looking for a game-tying goal, but it simply wasn't to be on this day. McDaniel fended off the final Owls attacks and hung on for the 1-0 win.
The Owls will look to bounce back from today's tough loss when they get back in action next week. Bryn Mawr will travel to Swarthmore on Wednesday for a contest against their Tri-Co rivals. Gametime at the Garnet's field is set for 4:00 PM.